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.
Anthony Davis Hasn’t Informed ‘Cuse, Ohio State; Harkless Sets First Official to Maryland
If Anthony Davis has indeed decided to play college ball at Kentucky, he hasn’t told anyone at Syracuse or Ohio State.
Both schools haven’t heard from Davis regarding his decision and still believe they have a chance, multiple sources with knowledge said Tuesday.
The 6-foot-10 Davis out of Chicago Perspectives Charter initially cut his list to Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State before taking a recent visit to DePaul.
Anthony Davis Sr. has threatened a lawsuit against the Chicago Sun-Times for printing that he asked Kentucky for a six-figure payment in return for his son’s commitment, despite providing no evidence to corroborate the charge.
The Sun-Times and other outlets also cited “sources” saying Davis had decided to attend Kentucky.
If Davis does land at Kentucky, he would join a blockbuster recruiting class that already includes two of the top five players in the Class of 2011 — 6-6 wing Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick and 6-2 point guard Marquis Teague of Indianapolis Pike.
HARKLESS SETS FIRST OFFICIAL TO MARYLANDMaurice Harkless, the 6-8 rising senior from Queens, will visit St. John’s unofficially on Sept. 2 and will take his first official to Maryland Sept. 17.
After a terrific summer on the AAU circuit, Harkless trimmed his list to eight schools: St. John’s, Maryland, Florida, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Arizona and Memphis.
Asked why Maryland gets the first visit, he said: “I just really wanted to get down there and check it out.”
BYRNES TO ROBERT MORRIS
Former Winchendon (Mass.) School coach Mike Byrnes officially joined the staff at Robert Morris on Monday.
“When the opportunity came knocking and when coach [Andy] Toole gave me the phone call he made it so intriguing to work with the youngest Division 1 head coach and the reasons he wanted me to come in, it was a challenge I couldn’t turn down,” Byrnes said.
Byrnes, 44, spent 14 years at “The Winch,” compiling a 401-131 prep record and sending over 100 kids to the Division 1 ranks.
He said the Winchendon School has also undergone a “philosophical change” with its new Headmaster and that that made it easier for him to leave.
His two daughters, Elizabeth (8) and Ashley (3), are old enough that a relocation to Pittsburgh isn’t too difficult.
“I’ve always had the aspirations to be a college coach,” he said. “It was just an opportunity I couldn’t’ turn down.”
Byrnes was succeeded at Winchendon by Matt Quinn, the son of St. Thomas More (Conn.) coach Jere Quinn.
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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.