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.
BOSTON — No matter who wins Thursday’s Villanova-Duke game in the Sweet 16, the folks at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark will be proud.
No. 2 Duke (30-6) features one former St. Benedict’s player in junior forward Lance Thomas and No. 3 Villanova (28-7) has two former Gray Bees in senior forward Frank Tchuisi and sophomore guard Corey Stokes. The teams will clash in an East Regional showdown at the TD Banknorth Garden.
“We know that one of our guys will advance to the final eight with a change to get to the Final Four,” St. Benedict’s coach Dan Hurley said. “And we’re all obviously rooting for Samardo [Samuels, of Louisville] to get to the Final Four.” No. 1 Louisville meets No. 12 Arizona in a West Regional game on Friday.
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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.