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.
Big East All-Stars Shining in Bahamas; Battle of the Boroughs Final Set
New Rutgers coach Mike Rice may have a limited roster for his first season at the Big East school.
But he’s got to feel good about how some of his guys are playing this summer.
Rutgers senior forward Jonathan Mitchell (pictured courtesy ScarletKnights.com) posted his third double-double in as many games with 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Eastern All-Stars to a 123-91 victory over the Y Cares Wreckers Friday evening at Kendal Isaac Gymnasium.
Rutgers sophomore Dane Miller, who has been playing both the point guard and wing positions for the All-Stars, added 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in helping the team to a 3-0 record.
Mitchell is averaging 20.3 points and 14.7 rebounds-per-game in the Bahamas, while Miller is averaging 24.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.
The Eastern All Stars are under being coached by Buffalo State Head Coach Fajri Ansari and have a roster that includes six BIG EAST players.
Also highlighting the squad are Joe Mazzulla and John Flowers from West Virginia, and Brandon Triche and Mookie Jones of Syracuse. Triche had 24 points, while Mazzulla posted 21 points and 11 assists Friday night.
BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS FINAL SET
The Battle of the Boroughs final is set for next Saturday and Queens will play The Bronx after both teams won their semifinal games this weekend.
Queens beat Harlem 79-65 behind Jermaine Sanders’ 22 points, Kadeem Jack’s 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Ryan Rhoomes’ 14 points and 10 boards, according to NYCHoops.net. Maurice Harkless had eight points and four assists.
Arizona-bound forward Sidiki Johnson had a double-double of 14 points and 14 boards for Harlem.
The Bronx edged Brooklyn, 58-56, thanks to a 3-pointer from Kerwin Okoro of St. Raymond’s. The 6-4 Okoro and teammate Daniel Dingle both tallied 15 points for The Bronx, according to The Post.
Rutgers commit Derrick Randall of Brooklyn scored 20 points Friday as the New York City All-Stars downed China, 73-56, in the World Basketball Festival at Rucker Park. The All-Star team heads to Turkey Aug. 28-Sept. 3 to compete against foreign teams.
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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.