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.
NEW YORK — Andy Roddick has been a Miami Heat fan since 2001.
So he feels a little defensive about the whole LeBron James situation. He’s no frontrunner.
“I’m fine,” he said Monday after winning his first-round match at the U.S. Open over Stephane Robert of France. “I’m just sick of defending my fanhood. I was going to the games in ’01 when they were paying people to come.
“Obviously, I was in Boca for a long time and went to four or five home games a year. Obviously, I’m excited. I was just hoping and praying that they resigned Dwyane [Wade]. When [Chris] Bosh came I was ecstatic and then when LeBron came it was bordering on ridiculous.”
As first reported here last week, DeAndre Daniels has landed at IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
There had been reports that the 6-foot-8, 192-pound Daniels would reclassify to 2010 from 2011, but instead he will remain in 2011 and spend a year on the post-grad team at IMG after transferring from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.
“We are excited to work with Deandre toward his goals this coming year,” said Andy Borman, director of IMG Basketball Academy. “He has made tremendous strides to this point, and now at the IMG Basketball Academy, our consistent training environment will help him take the next big jump in his career.”
The Raymond Lewis Squad, coached by high school coach Reggie Morris, Jr. and the Wizards’ John Wall, defeated the Marques Johnson Squad, coached by Derrick Taylor and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings 131-128 in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game Saturday night in Venice Beach, Calif.
Standouts on the winning squad included Texas-bound guard Myck Kabongo, who had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and the team’s high scorers Kyle Wiltjer and Kentavioius Caldwell-Pope, who both had 20 points.
Kabongo and Wiltjer were the winning team’s co-MVPs, along with the losing team’s Austin Rivers (15 points) and the North Carolina-bound James Mcadoo (10 pts, 11 rebs).
Kentucky coach John Calipari added to his already rich recruiting haul Saturday night when Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit, verbally committed during the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game on ESPNU.
“I”m very excited to be a part of that team,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Wiltjer said on ESPNU.
“The one thing is I wanted to surround myself with the best players. They have a great recruiting class coming in and I thought it would be a great fit.”
Wiltjer also considered California, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Kansas, Texas and Wake Forest.