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.
Taylor King Leaves Villanova; Transfer, Recruiting Roundup
Villanova forward Taylor King left the team after a violation of team rules, ESPN.com reported.
The University released a statement saying the 6-foot-6 King planned “to remain at Villanova to focus his efforts on completing his degree requirements.”
Villanova coach Jay Wright did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.
King transferred to Villanova in the summer of 2008 after one year at Duke University. The former McDonald’s All-American sat out the 2008-09 campaign as a transfer student and then appeared in 32 games, averaging 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 19.0 minutes per game.
TRAVIS TAYLOR UPDATE
Monmouth transfer Travis Taylor visited Temple this past Sunday-Monday and has now visited Seton Hall, Boston College and Temple.
The 6-7 Taylor is expected to make a decision about his next move toward the end of the month, sources said.
ORTIZ TO WAGNER (UPDATED)
Former Southern Miss guard Kenneth Ortiz has opted to transfer to Wagner and play for head coach Dan Hurley.
The 5-11, 180-pound former Newark Science star will sit out next season and will become eligible in 2011-12. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I chose Wagner because I like the small campus and the academic support around,” Ortiz said by text. “The thing I most like is the new coaching staff. With Hurley I feel I can become a better guard and have more opportunity there.”
Ortiz averaged 17.3 points, six assists and five steals a game as a senior. He scored more than 1,400 career points.
Ortiz joins an incoming class that includes 6-8 forward Orlando Parker, 6-1 guard Latif Rivers and 6-10 center Naofall Folahan.
Newark Science coach Milt Gaylord said Ortiz never got the playing time he wanted at Southern Miss after they went to a halfcourt offense.
“They wound up playing a halfcourt game,” Gaylord said. “He didn’t get to play a lot. He felt he needed to go somewhere where he could play.’
RECRUITING NOTESBy ALEX KLINE
**Desmond Hubert, a 6-9 2012 big man from New Egypt (N.J.), described his unofficial to Georgetown on Monday as “good.”
**Christ the King guard Isaiah Lewis ’13 will visit UCLA unofficially Friday and has added UConn to his list.
**Baltimore Elite’s Nick Faust ’11 has picked up offers from Providence, Tennessee, Virginia & Maryland. He visits those schools unofficially on Tuesday & visits Marquette Thursday. He believes that Marquette will offer him on his unofficial.
**Tony Wroten ’11 says his list, in order, is Kentucky, Washington, UConn and Villanova.
**Wake Forest has offered Perry Ellis ’12 according to his mother Fonda.
**Rodney Purvis ’13, who was offered by Virginia & Virginia Tech recently, was offered by Georgia Tech, as well.
**Jabari Brown ’11 is on an unofficial visit to Maryland. Pe’Shon Howard is his tour guide.
**Devin Coleman ’11, who says Iowa is his favorite, will be visiting Temple unofficially on Wednesday.
**Eli Lubick has picked up his first offer from Colgate.
**2012 point guard Da’Shawn Suber is transferring to St. Patrick (N.J.) from Rice High School.
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.