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.
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Three of New York City’s top prep players are visiting Marquette this weekend for its Elite Camp.
Jayvaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin, Shane Southwell of Rice and Davontay Grace of Thomas Jefferson are all visiting the Big East school.
Pinkston, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound power forward ranked No. 20 at his position in the Class of 2010, could be the top player in New York next year if he remains in the city.
The leading candidates for Pinkston’s services are St. John’s, Marquettte, Tennessee, Xavier and Villanova, according to New Heights director Kimani Young.
“St. John’s has to be the favorite,” said Young, who spent last year on Norm Roberts’ staff in Queens. “They put their work in with the kid. Staying close to home and to have an opportunity to play in front of your friends and family has to be attractive to any kid.”
The 6-6, 220-pound Southwell is the No. 20 small forward in the Class of 2010 and the 6-2 Grace is a sophomore who is one of the top point guards in the city.
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.