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.
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin and his staff know a thing or two about finding talent in the New York metropolitan area.
Rashad Bishop, who starred at Paterson (N.J.) Kennedy and St. Benedict’s Prep, is a senior. Lance Stephenson was a one-and-done with the Bearcats. And Cronin expects big things this year from redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick, a White Plains, N.Y. native.
“He can score 10 points falling out of bed,” Cronin said of Kilpatrick.
The Bearcats also recently got a commitment from Montclair, N.J. native Shaquille Thomas of NIA Prep, the nephew of NBA veteran Tim Thomas and the half-brother of New York Liberty star Essence Carson.
Now the Bearcats are zeroing in on two other local products: Rice senior wing Jermaine Sanders and New Jersey guard Elijah Carter.
After in-home visits with both players, Sanders opted to take his first official visit to Cincinnati this weekend with his mother.
“Cincinnati has done a great job recruiting Jermaine,” said Kimani Young of New Heights. “Jermaine has enjoyed his entire recruitment process but just wanted to get a closer look at Cincinnati right now as well as give his mom an opportunity to visit the school and gauge what Cincinnati has to offer them.”
The 6-foot-5 Sanders, who will contend for New York City and State Player of the Year honors, has no other officials planned, which further underscores how hard Cincinnati has worked.
The 6-2 Carter, now at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, will trip to Cincinnati next weekend after visiting Charlotte this weekend.
“I’m building a good relationship witt Coach Cronin and Coach [Darren] Savino,” he said recently. “They came in and let me know how everything was.”
Carter also lists Seton Hall, Clemson and Oregon State in his top five.
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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.