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 first reported on my Twitter, Malik Nichols, a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Brooklyn Boys & Girls, has verbally committed to Hofstra coach Mo Cassara (pictured).
“I felt like Hofstra was the best school for me,” he said by text. “Great coaching staff. Not 2 far from home.”
St. Bonaventure, Xavier, LIU and Quinnipiac were also interested in the Queens native who now lives in Brooklyn.
“Malik is a kid who’s going to be a problem for opponents,” Boys & Girls assistant Elmer Anderson said. “He’s going to bring a talented wing player who can handle the ball, shoot the ball and defend the ball. Hofstra getting him is a huge plus. Hofstra is getting a very good player who’s ready to blossom.”
Nichols transferred from Hillcrest High School in Queens, where he averaged 22 points last season. He hopes to play for Boys & Girls in its season opener.
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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.