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 — Jack Sock has Andy Roddick on speed dial, hits tennis balls with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and practices with the U.S. Davis Cup team.
On Sunday he won the U.S. Open Junior Boys singles title with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over fellow American Denis Kudla.
But despite that impressive pedigree, the 17-year-old Sock said he doesn’t feel any pressure to be the next great American tennis star.
“I don’t really feel much pressure,” Sock, who lives in Overland Park, Kansas and trains in Kansas City, said Sunday after his victory. “Hopefully we can get to that level one day and be in the American tennis spotlight.
“But we’re just taking it day by day and tournament by tournament and doing what we can. Hopefully we can get to that level some day.”
Tyler Harris, whose college list once numbered nearly a dozen schools, is now focusing on just five.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Long Island and St. Benedict’s Prep is considering Iowa, N.C. State, Providence, St. John’s and Wake Forest.
Two officials have been set, to N.C. State Oct. 1 and to Providence Oct. 15.
He still has home visits Sept. 20 with Iowa and St. John’s. A home visit with Wake could happen this weekend.
UConn is still on the periphery of Harris’s recruitment and head coach Jim Calhoun and Torrel Harris have a strong relationship, but because the Huskies have several wings in Jamal Coombs, Roscoe Smith and Niels Giffey, it is unlikely Tyler will end up there.
Former UConn big man Ater Majok is working out in Washington D.C. with an eye toward playing overseas, an NBA source with knowledge said.
The 6-foot-10 Majok has not had any official workouts with the Washington Wizards and, in fact, is not permitted to play in the NBA this season.
“He can’t be in the NBA this year since he wasn’t in the last draft,” the NBA source said. “He would be draft eligible next year. He would need [to be in] NBDL/Europe this year.” Majok could also play somewhere else overseas, such as Australia.
If Majok had gone through the 2010 draft process undrafted, he would have been eligible to be a free agent this season.