Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Two of the top seniors in the metropolitan area will wait until the spring to sign.
David Bruce of Linden, whose verbal commitment to St. Joseph’s was broken here last month, and uncommitted wing Sherrod Wright of Mount Vernon will both go past Wednesday’s early signing period without inking a Letter of Intent.
“I’d rather him wait until the spring to sign,” Linden coach Phil Colicchio said of the 6-foot-9, 215-pound Bruce. “It’s basically my decision. He’s 100 percent still going to St. Joe’s. Nobody else is recruiting him. Nobody else is calling him, nor will I field calls about him. His recruiting process is closed.”
Bruce chose St. Joe’s over Seton Hall, St. John’s, Maryland, La Salle, Houston and other schools. He averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks per game as a junior.
Colicchio said Bruce needs to improve his academics before signing.
“It’s to kind of keep a carrot dangled in front of him, to keep working hard and and keep making progress to getting there,” Colicchio said. “Keep working on everything, working on becoming a better student and becoming a better player an denjoy his senior year. He can enjoy his senior year because his school is decided. Nobody is going to recruit him. He’s 100 percent committed to St. Joe’s.”
Wright, a 6-4 wing from Mount Vernon, visited South Carolina officially but will not sign.
“He’s just not committing to South Carolina right now,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “He’s going to wait.”
Cimmino said Villanova was also involved, but “they haven’t offered.”
Providence and Marquette are no longer involved.
“There’s no rush,” Cimmino said.
(Photo courtesy NJHoops.com)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.