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.
Quinn Cook to Cut List; Boost Mobile on TV; Daniels to IMG; Tharpe to Visit 2 Schools
Quinn Cook is down to seven schools and plans to determine his official visits soon.
“I got seven schools, Duke, St. John’s, Rutgers, Georgetown, UCLA, Arizona and North Carolina,” Cook said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.
Cook, who will play at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, is the No. 5 point guard in the Class of 2011.
Cook said he hasn’t figured out where he’ll take his official visits yet.
“I’ll know by next week,” he said. “I’m not sure yet.”
Cook is very close with Duke guard Nolan Smith. Both are from the Washington D.C. area. Both played for D.C. Assault. And both have the Oak Hill connection.
So is Duke an option? It may depend on how the Austin Rivers situation plays out. Rivers is considering Duke, Florida and North Carolina, but many observers expect him to land at Duke.
“It’s an option that I’m looking into,” Cook said of Duke.
Cook is also considering both Rutgers and St. John’s. Thanks to Rutgers associate head coach David Cox, Rutgers now has a strong pipeline into D.C. Assault, as evidenced by the commitments of Jordan Goodman and Malick Kone.
St. John’s is also an option for Cook.
“They’re on my list,” Cook said. “I have a good relationship with Coach [Steve] Lavin. They’re definitely on my list right now.”
Whatever he decides, Smith thinks it would be best for Cook to make a decision in the early signing period.
“I think it would be best for him to get it out before his senior season,” Smith said recently in New York. “A lot of guys don’t think it would but it will make his senior year go a lot smoother and he can just focus on basketball. I think it should be coming real soon.”
BOOST MOBILE ON TVBobbito Garcia, my fellow Wesleyan University alumnus, will do play-by-play alongside color commentator Jay Williams for ESPNU’s live broadcasts of the Elite 24 Under Armour Dunk Contest Friday (tonight) from 8-9 p.m.
The Boost Mobile Elite 24 High School All-American Game is Saturday from 7:30-9:30.
Garcia, also known as Kool Bob Love, will become the first Latino to announce a nationally televised basketball game in ESPN’s 30 year history, and perhaps the first for any network.
DANIELS TO IMG ACADEMY
DeAndre Daniels is expected to enroll in IMG Academy on Sunday, sources confirm.
“I want to be sure that I’m ready [for college] and get bigger and gain some weight and be a better basketball player,” he said recently.
The 6-8, 192-pound Daniels also confirmed he would head to college in 2011.
THARPE VISTING 2
Brewster (N.H.) Academy point guard Naadir Tharpe will visit Rutgers Sept. 2 and Minnesota Sept. 17.
“Basically I want to be a leader,” he said recently. “It doesn’t matter what team you play on, your point guard is supposed to be the leader of your team. I’m gonna try to bring leadership, as well as winning.”
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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.