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.
John Wall Still Waiting to Cut List; Reynolds to Test NBA Draft Waters; Chillious to UW
John Wall said he probably won’t be able to cut his list down until next week after he visits Miami this weekend.
“To be honest it might be Monday,” Wall said Tuesday by phone. “I gotta go on my visit to Miami Friday and decide after that.”
The 6-foot-4 Wall said last week at Jordan Brand practice in New York that he was considering Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami and N.C. State as his possible destinations. He added that he hoped to cut that list down to “three or four” sometime soon.
He said he was not considering the NBA Draft even if he might be the No. 1 or 2 overall pick.
As for his thoughts on Kentucky, Wall said he was considering playing for John Calipari but didn’t need to visit.
“I’m not going to visit there but I’m still thinking about going there,” he said.
NOVA’S REYNOLDS TO TEST NBA DRAFT WATERS
Villanova junior guard Scottie Reynolds will test the NBA Draft waters, but won’t hire an agent.
“Scottie and I have decided that it would be smart for him to experience NBA workouts at this time,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “This will enable him to assess where he fits in the draft process this year and give him a better understanding of what it takes to play at that level.
“Scottie is completing all of his spring semester classes and is not hiring an agent. He will be working closely with our NCAA compliance staff so that he can return for his senior year if that is the path he chooses.”
Reynolds averaged 15.2 points last season, helping the ‘Cats make a dramatic run to the Final Four in Detroit, where they lost to eventual champ North Carolina.
“Coach and I have been talking about this for a couple of weeks,” Reynolds said. “We came to the decision that it would be best to put my name into the draft.
“I will continue going to my classes. But on the basketball court, I am doing this with 100 percent effort. It’s not just about going through the experience. I want to prepare myself in the best way I can and make the most of this opportunity.”
WASHINGTON HIRES CHILLIOUSWashington coach Lorenzo Romar made a great hire with new assistant Raphael Chillious.
Chillious has served as Nike’s business manager for Elite Youth Basketball in Beaverton, Ore., since Feb., 2008. He previously served as the head coach and co-athletic director at South Kent (Conn.) School from 2003-08, where he worked with Dele Coker and Rob Thomas, both now at St. John’s.
“We are very fortunate to have Raphael join our men’s basketball staff,” said Romar, the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year. “He has extensive contacts in recruiting, both in the United State and abroad. He also has an excellent background in player development and will be responsible for coaching the guard position. Raphael has a great deal of energy and I’m confident that he will be a strong addition to our program.”
Chillious once served as a captain of the Lafayette basketball team.
“It is hard for me to put into words exactly how excited I am to be joining the Husky basketball family,” said Chillious. “I’ve known and admired Coach Romar for nearly 15 years and I have the utmost respect for him as a coach, mentor and friend. There aren’t too many times in life a person gets the opportunity to reunite with his former players, join one of the most respected coaches in the business and walk into a situation where the team has a legitimate chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tourney.”
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.