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.
Deuce Bello won the dunk contest Friday night at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif., with this hop over friend and teammate Quincy Miller. (Photo courtesy Kelly Kline, Nike).
NBA players John Wall and DeMar DeRozan were among the judges for the dunk, which was actually suggested by Quinn Cook.
“He didn’t know what to do for his second dunk,” Cook told ESPNRise.com. “I showed him the video on YouTube. It used to be our go-to dunk for me and [former DeMatha teammate] Victor [Oladipo]. But I’ve never seen anyone do it with a windmill.”
Bello and Miller will visit Louisville together Sept. 4 and hope to play college ball together.
Also competing in the dunk contest were runner-up Stephen Maxwell of Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Nick Johnson and Amir Garrett, both of Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Jahii Carson of Mesa (Phoenix, Ariz.), LeBryan Nash of Lincoln (Dallas, Texas), Norman Powell of Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.) and Gabe York of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).
Tonight (Saturday) Kyle Wiltjer will announce his college choice during the game on ESPNU.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit is considering Gonzaga, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Texas.
Wiltjer had a tremendous summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, winning the Las Vegas Fab 48 and the Pumps event in California.
Adonis Thomas, the No. 6 small forward in the Class of 2011, has cut his list and will announce later Saturday. Check back here later to see it.
Good news for the Memphis Tigers: Chris Crawford and Hippolyte Tsafack were both declared eligible…St. John’s will have a home visit with Jabari Brown of the Oakland Soldiers Sept. 30, per his father David…N.C. State non-qualifier Luke Cothron has a final four of UTEP, UMass, Charlotte and ECU, per Jacey Zembal. UTEP leads.
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.