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.
PHILADELPHIA –– This is an exciting time to be Jay Wright. As the Villanova coach heads out to Las Vegas this week to resume recruiting, he knows his team is already projected as a top-five team nationally for the upcoming season. The Wildcats are coming off a Final Four appearance, have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes and will be the favorite to capture the Big East regular-season crown.
“A lot of times I go to Phillies games and I hear people say, ‘Great year, great year. We’re going to win it all this year,'” Wright said with smile at the recent Reebok All-American Camp. “I like the excitement that everybody has for our team. I like the confidence they have in our team. I like the buzz.”
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Also, St. John’s swingman Anthony Mason Jr. was officially granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing last year with a foot injury.
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.