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.
With the NCAA early signing period ending Wednesday, it appears that several top recruits will wait until the spring.
Among those looking to sign late are DeAndre Daniels (pictured), the No. 9 prospect in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2011, No. 17 Ben McLemore, No. 26 Adjehi Baru, No. 34 Trevor Lacey, No. 47 Michael Chandler, No. 51 Amir Garrett, No. 76 Angelo Chol, No. 77 LeAntwan Luckett, No. 84 Jarion Henry, No. 109 Elijah Carter, No. 121 Josh Richardson and No. 131 Desmond Hubert.
Kevin Johnson of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, Kevin Thomas of Christian Faith Center Academy (N.C.) and Phil Greene of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., also look to be signing late. Several other players may sign late, including A.J. English, Joey De La Rosa, Anthony Norris, Shaq Stokes and Chris Martin.Andy Borman, Director of the IMG Basketball Academy, said Daniels and Greene would both wait in accordance with the program’s philosophy.
“All of our players will start their recruiting process in the early part of 2011 when most colleges are starting their conference play,” Borman said by email. “This will allow all of our players to focus on their development (on the court, in the weight room, in the classroom, and as young men) for the first four months of training without any outside distractions.
“Once conference season play starts, then our players will start to narrow their school lists and start to develop a feel for who they will select to visit on their officials. Another positive for waiting is that all of our players will get a chance to visit their selected schools when they are ‘in season’ as opposed to going to visit during a football game.
“We want our kids to really get a feel for how life would be if they attended a given school. This is accomplished by visiting these schools when they are in session academically and in conference play athletically. This will allow our players to see the coach running a practice and the players going through a ‘long in-season’ day (as opposed to the laid back atmosphere of a tailgate or a out-of-season pick-up game).
“We just want our players to know what they are walking in to when they chose a school and we feel that the best way to give them that experience is to have them visit the school when they in the heart of their season.”
Borman said a long list of schools is involved with Kane, including Texas, Kansas, Baylor, Florida, N.C. State, Oregon, Washington, Memphis, USC, Alabama and Arizona State.
As for Greene, Oklahoma State, DePaul, St. John’s, West Virginia and Florida are involved.
Onetime Florida International commit Phil Taylor of New York is doing a postgraduate year at CJEOTO in New Jersey and is now “wide open” in his recruitment, per CJEOTO coach Ian Turnbull.Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter
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.