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.
Louisville Offers Hinds, Williams to Visit Virginia
Here are a few recruiting and hoops notes from the local New York/New Jersey area…
**Louisville has offered Jabarie Hinds, a 6-foot, 160-pound point guard from Mount Vernon (N.Y.). Hinds teamed with George Mason commit Sherrod Wright to win the SNY Invitational this year and could be the next great player out of “Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon.”
Louisville is also involved with 6-8, 205 pound junior SG Rod Odom of Concord (MA) Middlesex School; J.J. Moore., a 6-6 junior SF from Brentwood (NY) Brentwood; and 6-3 SG Mike Taylor of Brooklyn Boys & Girls. Moore also reportedly holds an offer from Rutgers.
**Taylor, who holds numerous offers, helped the Metrohawks win the recent Gym Rat Challenge averaging 23 points as the team went 7-0. He was named MVP.
**LIU signed Jamal Olasewere, a 6-6 forward from Springbrook (Md.) who averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for a team that went 27-0 and won back-to-back Maryland 4A titles.
**Derrick Williams, a 6-7, 250-pound power forward from St. Anthony in Jersey City, will visit Virginia this coming weekend. Seton Hall, Hofstra and Fordham have also offered.
**Devon Collier (pictured), Williams’ 6-7, 205-pound St. Anthony teammate, has several schools working him hard, according to St. Anthony assistant Ben Gamble.
“West Virginia, Michigan, Seton Hall and St. John’s, those are the schools that are really interested right now,” Gamble said. “West Virginia has been watching him as long as anyone. And Seton Hall, too. He’ll eventually get offers from all of them.”
**Rasheem King, a 6-4 wing from Xaverian in Brooklyn who averaged 9.8 points and 11 rebounds with 6 assists, will visit Binghamton tomorrow (Wednesday).
**Brian Bernardi, a 6-2 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 who plays at Xaverian, had 32 points with 6 3’s in a recent loss to Juice.
**Aishon White of Union High (2010) and Jordan Robinson of Rutgers Prep (2010) will play for the NIA Eagles in Newark next year. Billy Diamond, White’s advisor, passes on the White news, and Alex Schwartz had the Robinson tidbit.
**Central Jersey Each One Teach One is opening a new prep academy called CJEOTO Academy. Ian Turnbull is the Sr. Director and Head Coach.
The postgrad program is designed to help scholarship level high school basketball players reach the next level. Only high school graduates will be accepted. The prep season runs Oct. 15-March 15 and will include 35-40 games in Somerset, N.J.
**Linden (N.J.) High will hold its team camp June 8-11 with 16 games a night for four nights. The four sites are Linden High, the PAL and two local middle schools, Soehl and McManus.
If anyone has any questions about the team camp feel free to call/text Marty Luc on his cell phone: 908-403-3865.
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.