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.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner continues to press on with recruiting despite the program’s recent troubles.
Memphis signed Martin Ngaloro, a 6-foot-8 small forward from France, prior to the May 20 late signing deadline.
“I think Martin will be a solid player,” Pastner said Wednesday by phone. “He’s a good athlete, a good prospect.
“He has a good skill set. He can shoot the basketball. He needs to get physically stronger and tougher in some areas, but he’s a good prospect.”
Said Ngaloro: “I need to really get better and I think it’s the right place. Keep working on my skills and everything. I think it’s the right place.”
Ngaloro said Virginia Tech had also been in contact with him, but he never visited.
“I’d like to come here [to Memphis],” Ngaloro, 20, said Monday. “I already signed the papers, so it should be OK. I think that it’s the right place to be.”
Ngaloro joins a Memphis recruiting class that includes Will Coleman and Latavious Williams.
Pastner said the team is still looking for additional players. Lance Stephenson, who has yet to commit to a college, could still be in play for the Tigers.
“If we have an opportunity to sign a few more we will, but they’ve got to be good enough,” Pastner said.
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.
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