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Arizona has emerged as the early leader for Kadeem Jack, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Manhattan Rice.
“Yeah, pretty much. I don’t see why not,” said Damian Leslie, Jack’s mentor.
“Aside from it being in a nice environment and having a winning tradition, he visited the school so you would have to say that’s what it is.”
Jack visited Arizona in January and then came home and led Rice to the SNY Invitational title at LIU-Brooklyn.
Coaches from Providence, St. John’s and Miami came to watch Jack in that event, when he earned MVP honors.
Leslie also listed Arkansas, UCLA, UConn, Florida and Seton Hall and said Jack would take additional visits after the season ends.
“After the season,” Leslie said.
Jack and the Raiders play Xaverian Friday in the Catholic League playoffs and are aiming to defending their New York State Federation Class AA championship.
“Right now he’s just focused on ball,” Leslie said.
The Arizona Daily Star reported that the Wildcats have just one scholarship remaining for 2010 and 2011, yet they are involved with Jack, Baltimore’s Josh Selby, New York’s Doron Lamb and Michigan’s Ray McCallum.
A source close to the Arizona program said Selby, Lamb and Jack remain the program’s “highest priorities.”(Photo courtesy Daily News)
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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.