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.
Kyrie Irving and Tobias Harris, the two top-rated seniors in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, will both wait until the end of August to cut their college lists.
“End of August,” Torrel Harris, Tobias’ dad, wrote in a text.
Torrel added that the family was having a difficult time cutting down the list of more than a dozen schools and that new schools were still trying to get involved.
The 6-8 Harris out of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West has a long list that includes Tennessee, UConn, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, St. John’s, Virginia, Louisville and West Virginia.
“Memphis, Kentucky, Florida and UCLA are trying to get involved. We have not decided at this point to explore these schools,” Torrel said.
The 6-foot-2 Irving, out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, said he would wait until after the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event Aug. 22 in Harlem’s Rucker Park to trim his list, also around a dozen schools.
Some observers consider Indiana to be the unofficial leader for Irving because assistant coach Roshown McLeod has worked very hard to develop a relationship with Irving. Yet Duke, Indiana, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and others are also involved.
“Pretty soon I’m gonna narrow down the schools. After Elite 24,” Irving wrote by text.
Both players had exceptionally strong summers on the circuit, with one Big East assistant coach calling Harris “the story of the summer.”
Irving, meanwhile, dropped 37 points in a victory over Michael Gilchrist and Team Final at the AAU Supershowcase in Orlando and then scored 39 points in a game at AAU Nationals.
Harris and Irving will head to Portland, Ore. Aug 7-9 for the Nike Global Challenge and both will participate in the Boost Mobile game to be shown live on ESPNU.
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.