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.
Harkless Trims List to Eight; James to Iona; Davis Visits Kentucky, DePaul
Maurice Harkless has trimmed his list to eight schools.
The 6-foot-8 Queens, N.Y. native wrote on Twitter he’s considering the following schools after spending next year at South Kent (Conn.): St. John’s, Maryland, Florida, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Arizona and Memphis.
I asked Harkless if that means UConn is definitely out and he said, “Yes.”
Harkless recently decommitted from UConn.Harkless was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Hoop Group Elite Camp in Reading, Pa., in early July.
He led the New York Panthers to the semifinals of the Fab 48 event in Las Vegas and was named to the All-Tournament team.
And he finished up his tremendous tour by helping the Panthers win the Desert Duel event in Arizona, beating out Tony Wroten, Quinn Cook,Wayne Blackshear and Naadir Tharpe for MVP honors.
“I can’t see why he isn’t a Top 20 kid nationally after this summer,” said Nate Blue, Harkless’ mentor.
JAMES TO IONA
Paterson Catholic senior point guard Jayon James is headed to Iona instead of prep school next season, as first reported earlier Monday on my Twitter.
The 6-5 James initially committed to Fordham, then parted ways with the school after the coaching change brought in Tom Pecora. He considered going the prep route, but becomes the second former Fordham commit (Sean Armand) to follow assistant coach Jared Grasso to Iona.
The Gaels have a loaded class with former Seton Hall forward Mike Glover, Armand, James, Alexsander Kesic and Randy Dezouvre.
James may also turn out to be the answer to the trivia question: Who was the last Paterson Catholic basketball player to go D-1?
DAVIS VISITS KENTUCKY, DEPAUL
6-10 Anthony Davis of Chicago Perspectives unofficially visited Kentucky Sunday and DePaul Monday.
“Both visits were great,” Anthony Davis Sr. said by text. “Still waiting to visit Ohio State and Syracuse.” As first reported here, Davis ruled out North Carolina and is considering Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State. The visits were first reported by Scout.com.
Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com confirmed my earlier report that Baylor, Kansas and St. John’s lead for JaKarr Sampson but that Louisville is also in the mix…Oregon offered Jabari Brown of the Oakland Soldiers, per Alex Kline. Brown told me plans to cut his list “a few weeks after” the Nike Global Games start next week...Seton Hall offered 6-6 sophomore Jason Boswell of St. Patrick. Rutgers offered Hudson Catholic sophomore wing Reggie Cameron, both per Kline...Khalid Lewis, 2011 guard from Trenton Catholic, will visit Manhattan College and was offered by them, per Team NJABC.
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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.