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.
As I previously reported on my Twitter, Isaiah Williams, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing from The Robinson School, has committed to Iona, and 6-8, 203-pound forward Jamir Hanner of Philadelphia has committed to Marshall.
“Williams is a 6-7 guard who scores in bunches, passes extremely well and runs the point,” said his coach, Vincent Robinson. “He makes everyone around him better and can play multiple positions.”
Robinson said Williams turned down offers from DePaul and South Florida of the Big East to attend Iona due to his relationship with assistant coach Jared Grasso.
The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The Women’s Preseason list will be released later this week.
Returning players from past Wooden Award ballots include four seniors: Duke’s Kyle Singler (2009, 2010), Robbie Hummel of Purdue (2008, 2010), Kalin Lucas of Michigan State (2009, 2010) and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette (2010).
Sonny Vaccaro, the grassroots sneaker guru who signed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to multi-million dollar shoe deals, expects to make a decision about his future plans within weeks.
“I have had discussions with two of the companies,” Vaccaro, 71, said Monday by phone from California. “I have one more left and then a decision will be made. Pam and I see it happening no later than the middle of November.”
Vaccaro declined to name the companies with whom he has met, but sources said one is Chinese apparel manufacturer Li Ning.