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.
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
“Certainly, the University of Memphis should not suffer a financial penalty or vacation of records for the 2008 NCAA tournament as a result of this allegation,” according to a report detailing the school’s investigation into NCAA allegations.
Just when you thought it was safe to bring out the summer grill and forget about some of these people, a few of our favorite college basketball names are back in the news.
**A Kentucky basketball blog says Xavier Henry is not happy at Kansas and that he could still end up at Kentucky. Henry initially committed to Memphis and then changed his mind after John Calipari took the Kentucky job.
Sources say Henry will not attend the first summer school session at Kansas but that Xavier and his brother, C.J., still plan on attending the school. Xavier also just worked the last four days at a Kansas camp with the players in Wichita. The family has made no official comment.