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.
Prosecutors have offered former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez a plea bargain in his shoplifting case.
Gonzalez is accused of stealing a $1,395 men’s satchel June 29 at the Polo Ralph Lauren store at the Mall at Short Hills (N.J.).
“The judge asked the prosecutor to put the plea offer on the record,” Katherine Carter, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, said by email. “We are offering him 4th degree criminal mischief which would result in probation. He has applied for Pretrial Intervention, a diversionary program that would result in the charges being dropped after he meets certain conditions. Meanwhile the case is going to the grand jury.”
JaKarr Sampson is headed to Brewster (N.H.) Academy and his old coach isn’t too happy about it.
The 6-foot-8, 193-pound forward had spent the previous three years at Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary, LeBron James’ alma mater.
But after visiting national powerhouse Brewster Aug. 15, Sampson elected to spend his senior year there, joining a loaded team that will also include big man Markus Kennedy and guards Naadir Tharpe and Elijah Carter.
“I can just confirm that he’s withdrawn from our school,” St. Vincent Athletic Director Andy Jalwan said Friday by phone.”[Dawnette Epps, JaKarr’s mother] indicated to us that her son was not provided the proper academic structure here at St. V. I don’t think I need to defend our school’s academic program. We really did a lot for the young man and I’m sad to see him leave.”