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.
Lance Stephenson will make his college announcement March 31 at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Miami and will likely choose from between defending NCAA champion Kansas and St. John’s.
The 6-foot-5 Stephenson, ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2009 by Hoop Scoop and No. 9 by Rivals, had initially said he might announce after Saturday’s PSAL championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Top-seeded Lincoln is seeking its fourth straight PSAL title and will face No. 2 Kennedy at noon at the Garden.
Instead, Stephenson will wait until March 31, with Kansas or St. John’s the likeliest destinations. Kansas assistant Danny Manning and St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts have been tracking Stephenson in recent weeks.
Stephenson has taken an official visit to Kansas and has seen St. John’s unofficially on numerous occasions.
He also took a much-discussed official visit to Maryland but a source with knowledge said Maryland is basically out of the picture.
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.