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.
Forward Kadeem Jack announce his tape-delayed commitment to Rutgers Tuesday night.
“I just felt like I should go to Rutgers,” Jack said during an interview with MSG Varsity. “Start from the ground up and maybe 50 years from now people will start saying Kadeem Jack was that guy that helped Rutgers back to glory.”
The 6-foot-9 Jack visited Rutgers unofficially last week with his mother, Louisa Hall.
“Me and my mother had a good time,” he said then by text.
West Virginia, Miami and Arkansas were also in the mix for Jack, the No. 7 power forward in the Class of 2011. He averaged 16.9 points a game last season at Rice High School.
Jack could have committed to college out of Rice last spring, but instead opted to prep at South Kent (Conn.).
NEW YORK — Maurice Harkless is going to be a Pied Piper.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing from Queens is the first player from the Class of 2011 to commit to St. John’s and new head coach Steve Lavin, and he made the announcement Tuesday at the SNY studio in Manhattan.
“I will be going to St. John’s University in New York,” Harkless said.
“I always wanted to look into St. John’s but they weren’t that good in the past few years and with a new coach, I feel like it’s a brand new opportunity and the coaches are hungry. I’m in New York. I can represent my city in my city.”
I was in Indianapolis for the Final Four the night Da’Sean Butler went down with a torn ACL in the national semifinals against Duke.
The image of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins cradling Butler’s head in his arms as he consoled his injured star will last as one of the more touching scenes in college basketball history.
“He’s a wonderful, wonderful guy,” Huggins said that night. “When I went it was more he felt he let his team down than it was about the injury. And that’s DaSean. You know, that’s the way he is. He’s got such a great heart.”