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.
The latest version of the National Prep Poll is out and three of the Top 15 teams in the nation are once again from North Jersey.
St. Patrick (6-0) is No. 2, Paterson Catholic (6-0) No. 9 and St. Benedict’s (7-1) No. 15.
St. Patrick won the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in San Diego behind a combined 47 points from Duke-bound PG Kyrie Irving and junior sensation Michael Gilchrist (pictured above courtesy SteveBoylephoto.com).
Paterson Catholic captured the prestigious City of Palms Classic over Austin Rivers and Winter Park (Fla.) before beating Huntington (West Va.) Prep in the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia and previously unbeaten St. Peter’s Prep, 75-55, Sunday in Teaneck.
Seton Hall-bound forward Fuquan Edwin poured in a game-high 25 points and junior point guard Myles Mack added 23, according to my esteemed former Herald News colleague Keith Idec.
Meanwhile, Temple-bound guard Aaron Brown dropped 17 points and earned MVP honors to lead Dan Hurley’s St. Ben’s team to a 69-48 victory Saturday night over St. Frances (Md.) in the Cancer Research Classic. Texas-bound junior point guard Myck Kabongo added 12 points and 12 assists and Mike Poole scored 13 points. Rutgers-bound forward Gil Biruta added 10 points and 9 boards.
Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony team fell to Arlington Country Day (Fla.), 54-41, in the finals of the Tampa Hoops Classic on New Year’s Eve. The Friars are unranked in the PrepNation national poll but No. 6 regionally. They are 5-1 while playing without star forwards Ashton Pankey (shin splints) and Devon Collier (academics). Pankey has committed to Maryland and Collier to Oregon State.
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Fordham has offered a scholarship to Paterson Catholic 6-5 senior point guard Jayon James, who also has interest from Rice and several Ivy League schools…Findlay (Nev.) Prep guard Cory Josephpoured in 26 points and 16 rebounds Sunday as Findlay, No. 3 in the Prep Poll, earned a 91-70 victory over National College Prep in the championship game of the Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational. Texas-bound forward Tristan Thompson, a fellow Canadian, added 18 points.
Joseph will sign late and is considering UNLV, Villanova, UConn, Minnesota and Texas.
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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.