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.
On the one hand, the Daily News is reporting Arizona will make a “big push” for Lance Stephenson.
And on the other, Jeff Goodman is citing a source saying Arizona is “not expected to make a move” on Stephenson.
Hard to know what to make of it, right?
The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
A source within the Arizona program said Arizona is still interested in Lance, saying of the second report, “That’s news to me.”
“Arizona has a place for him to come in and be a trendsetter,” the source said yesterday. “Along with three other incoming guys, they have arguably the best recruiting class in the Pac-10.”
As reported here yesterday, another source close to the Stephenson family said Lance could announce this week between Memphis and Arizona, although he has visited neither school.
“I think by the end of the week they’ll make up their mind between Arizona and Memphis,” the source said.
St. John’s and Maryland, two longtime suitors, are out, according to the source. So is Europe.
One thing is clear: everybody on all sides is getting tired of this waiting game.
The late signing period ends May 20 and everyone hopes Stephenson announces by then. But nothing is preventing this from dragging on into the summer.
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.