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.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Few teams in the country will be as loaded in the backcourt next season as the Florida Gators.
In addition to returning its two leading scorers from last season in Erving Walker (14.6 ppg) and Kenny Boynton (14.2), the Gators add Brad Beal, the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year, and Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario.
“I think there’s going to have to be a level of sacrifice with all of our team, you know?” Florida coach Billy Donovan told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam.
BELMAR, N.J. — Seton Hall sophomore swingman Fuquan Edwin views his freshman season as a success. The 6-foot-6 Paterson Catholic graduate started 26 of the 31 games the Pirates played, averaged 7.9 points per game and had a few big outings during the 13-game stretch that Jeremy Hazell missed from Nov. 21 to Jan. 8.
Some will look at Edwin’s season as a whole, see the reduced production after the return of the Pirates’ leading scorer at DePaul on Jan. 12 and say he hit a wall. The argument that Edwin hit a wall in the middle of his freshman season in the Big East could be made, but he respectfully disagrees.
BELMAR, N.J. –– Games at the Verizon Fios Jersey Shore Basketball League are often defined by little semblance of order on offense and even less defense. With the helter-skelter style of basketball present, now imagine a group of recently-graduated high school players trying to pull that off against teams full of present and past high-level college players in addition to guys playing professionally in Europe.