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.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — When Kevin Willard succeeded Bobby Gonzalez as the head coach at Seton Hall in late March, he inherited a boatload of uncertainty.
Seton Hall’s three top players — Herb Pope, Jeremy Hazell and Jeff Robinson — all declared for the NBA Draft but did not hire agents.
“I’m looking at my board in my office right now and I have two teams,” Willard told 1050 ESPN Radio on March 29. “One with everybody coming back and one with everybody going to the NBA. It’s one of those things — if they can get drafted, we wish them the best of luck.”
Six months later, Willard, the former Iona coach, has the team he initially hoped for. The one with “everybody coming back.”
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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.