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.
Rutgers' Next Point Guard?; NIA's Berry Decommits; Sajimi Gets Offers
The person who will play point guard next year for the Rutgers basketball team is likely not someone on the current roster.
With the graduation of Anthony Farmer, the Scarlet Knights must find someone else to be their floor general for next year. Having swung and missed on Vincent Council of The Patterson (N.C.) School because he opted for Providence, Rutgers is now looking at James Beatty, a 6-2, 195-pound point guard at Miami Dade College who is averaging 13.6 points. He is a native of Wilmington, N.C.
Cincinnati, Baylor, Providence and NEbraska are also reportedly involved with Beatty.
Miami Dade head coach Matt Eisele described Beatty in a text message like this: “Big time point guard. Has a great feel and is a tremendous leader. Very crafty. A lights out shooter.”
Miami Dade has become a pipeline to high-major programs. Forwards Will Coleman and Darnell Dodson are both committed to Memphis for next year.
BERRY DECOMMITSSean Berry, a 6-8, 275-pound F/C from the NIA Prep School in Newark has decommitted from Cal-State Fullerton and is now considering University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Howard, Norfolk State, St. Peter’s, FDU, Delaware State and High Point.
“Sean had a change of heart and wants to be at a school on the East Coast close to family and friends,” said Vincent Robinson, the AD at the NIA School.
Elsewhere, DePaul Catholic head coach Bart Fazio reports that 6-foot junior point guard Wally Sajimi holds offers from Temple and Iona.
Check out this video of Sudanese native Ater Majok, who endured a great deal to get a scholarship to UConn but won’t be eligible to play at UConn until next year.
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.