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.
When Louisville meets Rutgers on Wednesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center, two young and imposing big men will share the court for the first time since dominating the high school hardwood a year ago.
Louisville freshman Samardo Samuels and Rutgers freshman Greg Echenique teamed up last season to lead St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark to a 24-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking.
“Last year we had the two best 4 and 5 men in New Jersey, including Seton Hall and Rutgers,” St. Benedict’s coach Dan Hurley said of the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Samuels and the 6-9, 260-pound Echenique. “And those guys were just great players that just made teams want to quit because they were so big and strong and skilled.”
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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.