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.
DETROIT – Fordham point guard Jio Fontan is seeking his release from the school, but has been denied by the program, according to a source with knowledge.
Half a dozen schools from the SEC, ACC and Big East — including both New Jersey programs — would be interested in landing the 6-foot-1 Fontan.
Fontan, who starred for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony in Jersey City, averaged 15.3 points and 4.7 assists for a Fordham team that finished 3-25, 1-15 in the A-10.
Fordham has already granted releases to freshman Trey Blue and sophomore Mike Moore, but not to Fontan.
Fontan’s former St. Anthony teammate, Mike Rosario, is the starting shooting guard at Rutgers. If Fontan were to end up there, the duo would be reunited, but a number of schools are in play.
As first reported here, Fontan and Rosario will team up this summer for Puerto Rico in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in Auckland, New Zealand.
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.