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.
Siena leads for St. Benedict’s Prep guard Vaughn Gray, but new players are involved in his recruitment.
After taking an official to Siena last weekend, the 6-foot-5 Gray will get a special visitor today at the Newark school.
“Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek called St. Ben’s Coach Roshown McLeod last week inquiring about Vaughn and he is flying into town on Tuesday to watch Vaughn and the team work out,” said St. Ben’s assistant coach Billy Diamond, who is coordinating Gray’s recruitment.
As for the Siena visit, it went so well the Saints now top his list.
“Vaughn had a very good visit to Siena last weekend,” Diamond said. “He was overwhelmed by the support of the basketball team by the Capital Region community. He said the students and fans showed him so much love that they made him feel like he was a celebrity. Clarence Jackson was his host and between him and Assistant Coach Craig Carter, they did a thorough job presenting the basketball program, the campus, the school, and especially the Business Department as a whole.
“As of right now, I would say that Siena is at the top of Vaughn’s list. He will take an official visit to George Mason with his parents this weekend for their Midnight Madness at the Patriot Center (he will not be playing in the Eddie Griffin Tournament) and then when he returns, we will sit down and evaluate where we are in the process and see if he wants to take visits to Wichita State and Western Kentucky.”
Conference-USA will have its men’s basketball media day Wednesday in New York City…Angelo Chol, a 6-8 center from San Diego, Tweeted that he will attend Kansas Midnight Madness this weekend. He will also visit North Carolina Jan. 3, Arizona Jan. 29 and Washington Feb. 12…Nick Jacobs ’11, who cancelled his visit to Florida over the weekend, has narrowed his list down to Georgia, Alabama and Clemson, per Alex Kline…St. Anthony junior point guard Kyle Anderson Tweeted that Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua came to watch him on Monday…2012 star Ricardo Ledo narrowed his list to Kentucky, Providence, Texas, Syracuse, West Virginia, Louisville & Villanova, per Kline….Kline also reported that Western Kentucky picked up a commitment from 6-6 Kentucky forward George Fant. Fant joins St. Patrick guard Derrick Gordon and 7-footer Deng Leek in Ken McDonald’s recruiting class…Jaren Sina, a 2013 point guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, will attend St. John’s Midnight Madness Friday.
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.