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.
Stan Simpson, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., has committed to Memphis over Kentucky, UConn and Kansas.
“Yep, I’m signing Wednesday,” Simpson, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, said Sunday by phone.
After visiting this weekend, Simpson said he liked “Coach [Josh] Pastner, the coaches and the atmosphere at Tiger Nation. They treated me like a brother down there.”
He averaged 14 and 8.5 rebounds last season and said he hopes to contribute right away at the four spot.
“I can shoot it real good, shoot the 3 , dribble drive to the whole,” he said. “Rebound, block shots.”
Asked how far Memphis can go next year when last year’s talented frosh will be sophomores, Simpson said, “Final Four-bound.”
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.