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.
Ra’Shad James, a White Plains, N.Y. native who averaged 16.6 points and 4.7 rebounds last year at Division 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, has transferred to Iona.
James was a Second-Team All-Conference selection in the East Coast Conference.
The 6-foot-1, 183-pound combo guard will pay his own way this coming season and then join the team in 2011 for two years.
“My whole thing is I’m about winning so the previous school that I was at wasn’t fulfilling that standard of mine,” James said. “I want to get a chance to play there.”
He chose Iona over North Carolina Central, Shaw and Johnson C. Smith.
“I’m going to bring hard work and passion,” he said. “I want to learn each and every day being in practice. I’ll bring them leadership and heart.”
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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.