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.
Brandon Knight, the No. 1 prospect in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list to a top five, according to an interview his mother, Turgenia, gave to Dustin Rumbaugh of Kentuckysportsradio.com.
“Brandon’s top five are UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Miami and Florida,” she said.
She added that Knight would have an in-home visit with Kentucky coach John Calipari and his staff in mid-September and also take an official to campus then.
Kentucky is involved with nearly every top point guard in the nation, including Knight, Cory Joseph, Joe Jackson and Kyrie Irving, as well as combo guards Doron Lamb and Josh Selby.
“They’re recruiting me, so I’m definitely considering Kentucky,” Knight, out of Ft Lauderdale (FL) Pine Crest, told me earlier this month.
A source said Kansas is also working on setting up an in-home.
Knight said he wants to be a floor general when he gets to college.
“Just a leader, a guy who can run the team and try to be the coach on the floor,” he said.PINKSTON, COLLIER UPDATES
I spoke today with New Heights AD Kimani Young and he confirmed that 6-7 St. Anthony forward Devon Collier visited Providence Friday. If I can get an update, I’ll post it.
Also, 6-6 forward JayVaughn Pinkston of Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin will leave Friday for the Marquette Elite Camp.
He visited St. John’s unofficially last week and has also tripped to Tennessee and Villanova this summer.
Cory Joseph of Findlay (Nev.) Prep visited Villanova Saturday and is at UConn today.
A NIGHT OUT WITH GARFI had the honor of having a late-night snack with Five-Star founder Howard Garfinkel, Jon Segal of ESPN Rise and John Marion of Seton Hall at the Carnegie Deli in Manhattan after the Boost Mobile game.
Garf told us he attended arguably the three greatest sporting events of the 20th century: Bobby Thomson’s 1951 home run at the Polo Fields. “The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant.”; the 1958 NFL championship game between the Giants and Colts at Yankee Stadium, often called “The Greatest Game Ever Played”; and Christian Laettner’s game-winning turnaround shot for Duke against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
Garf is hosting “The Clinic to End All Clinics II” on Oct. 3 at Manhattan College featuring Don Casey, Mike Fratello, Leonard Hamilton, Bob Knight and Roy Williams.
Speaking of Knight, Indiana will induct him into its athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 6. Knight was fired from IU for violating the school’s zero-tolerance policy imposed by Myles Brand, the school’s then president.
It remains unclear if Knight, who posted a record of 662-239 from 1971-2000 at IU, will attend.
HOOPHALL SKED OUT
Here is a listing of the national based games that will take place at the Hoophall Classic this upcoming January. In total, 23 games will be played over the four days of MLK Weekend. The venue is again Springfield College’s Blake Arena. Game times and television are still being arranged.
Saturday January 16th –
Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, NY) vs. Sacred Heart High School (Waterbury, CT)
Kinston High School (Kinston, NC) vs. Kentwood High School (Covington, WA)
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) vs. Columbus Northland High School (Columbus, OH)
Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) vs. Winter Park High School (Winter Park, FL)
Sunday January 17th –
Paterson Catholic High School (Paterson, NJ) vs. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD)
Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti (Philadelphia, PA) vs. Chicago Simeon Academy (Chicago, IL)
Monday January 18th –
St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) vs. Bishop O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA)
St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ) vs. Westchester High School (Los Angeles, CA)
St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ) vs. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV)
DeMatha Catholic High School ( Hyattsville, MD) vs. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)
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.