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.
Grace, Spellman Lead Jefferson at Big Apple; Lance Stephenson to Headline Invitational
St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts, Rutgers assistant Craig Carter, Providence assistant Pat Skerry and Siena assistant Andrew Francis were among those Sunday night for Jason Curry’s Big Apple Challenge at Baruch College.
The featured game of Sunday’s action saw Thomas Jefferson of Brooklyn beat Bishop Loughlin of Brooklyn 63-61.
Jefferson sophomore guard Davontay Grace, who looks like a miniature Levance Fields, won the MVP award after scoring 21 points on 5-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three. He was 8-for-8 from the stripe, and added 5 assists, 5 steals and 7 turnovers.
Jefferson senior guard Keith Spellman (pictured) had a game-high 25 points while going 6-for-15 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line. He added 12 rebounds, 7 steals and 8 turnovers.
Junior forward Joel “Air Jamaica” Wright did not have a good game for Jefferson. He fouled out with just 3 points on 1-of-2 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line.
Jefferson David Coley is out for several weeks with a knee injury.
For Loughlin, junior forward Jayvaughn Pinkston, who holds an offer from St. John’s, finished with just 11 points on 4-from-10 shooting from the field. He also had 5 rebounds.
BIG APPLE INVITATIONAL SETThe field for the Big Apple Invitational on Jan. 17 and 19 was released and Lance Stephenson of Lincoln headlines the field. Stephenson, who just dropped 32 points when Lincoln lost to Duncanville (Texas) on ESPN, will meet Syracuse commit Brandon Triche of Jamesville-DeWitt in what should be a great matchup.
Saturday, Jan. 17Baruch College
12 p.m. – St. Peter’s (Staten Island) vs. Cardozo
1:45 – Notre Dame Prep vs. Apex
3:30 – Long Island Lutheran vs. Jefferson (Brooklyn)
5:15 – Pine Crest (Fla.) vs. Rice
7 – Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) vs. Lincoln
Monday, Jan. 19Hunter College
11 a.m. – Greenport (Long Island) vs. Molloy
12:45 – Pine Crest vs. Loughlin
2:30 – Long Island Lutheran vs. Rice
4:15 – St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Blair
Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (Uncommitted senior)
Brandon Triche, Jamesville-DeWitt (Syracuse)
Durand Scott, Rice (Miami)
Tobias Harris, Long Island Lutheran (junior)
Jayvaughn Pinkston, Loughlin (junior)
Danny Jennings, St. Thomas More (West Virginia)
Sean Kilpatrick, Notre Dame Prep (Cincinnati)
Austin Johnson, Blair (Rutgers)
OD Anosike, St. Peter’s (Siena)
Russell Smith, Molloy (senior)
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.