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 father of a DePaul commit says he was assured by the school’s athletic director, and indirectly by the university president, that his son would be released from his Letter of Intent following the recent coaching change.
Yet DePaul issued a statement Wednesday saying Walter Pitchford Jr., a 6-10 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Mich., would not be released.
“This really caught us by surprise because the athletic director [Jean Lenti Ponsetto] indicated to me personally over the phone that Walter would be granted a release and she said that she had discussed it with the president of the school [Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider],” Pitchford Sr. said Wednesday by phone. “That made me feel comfortable.”
The 6-foot-8 Harris — and the brother of Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris — is making a name for himself as one of the top ballers in the New York area.
The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 out of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, Harris recently picked up scholarship offers from N.C. State, Virginia Tech and South Florida, according to his father, Torrel.
He previously held offers from UConn, Seton Hall, Tennessee, Duquesne, Fordham, Hofstra and Boston College.
“If The Record had moved me [from covering high schools] to stuff that I cared about, I probably would not have left or gone the blog route,” McIntyre, with whom I worked at the Herald News and Bergen Record for several years, said Wednesday in a phone interview.
“If I had gotten the job at ESPN The Magazine — they were looking for an editor — the blog probably wouldn’t have happened. Things just happened.”