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.
Sunday was the last day of the long and brutal July recruiting period.
But there was no time for rest for the coaches in the Kyle Anderson Sweepstakes.
When Anderson scored 14 points and the Playaz emerged with a 68-67 triple-overtime victory over New Heights at 11 p.m. for the End of Summer Classic at Albright College in Reading, Pa., a few brave souls were still standing.
Of the approximately 10 coaches still in attendance were Billy Donovan of Florida, John Thompson III of Georgetown, Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway of Seton Hall and Rico Hines and Tony Chiles of St. John’s. (Steve Lavin was grounded in California by the loss of his wallet or he would’ve been there.).
You have to give all these coaches credit for working hard on Anderson, the 6-foot-8 point guard from St. Anthony, throughout July and finishing up strong.
UCLA was not in the house, but the Bruins remain in the hunt for Anderson even with the addition of 2012 point guard Dominic Artis.
As for Anderson, he was named MVP of the event three days after helping the Playaz capture the Desert Duel title in Arizona.
“Best player in the country,” said one head coach recruiting him.
“He’s special,” an assistant from another school said.
Give Anderson credit for playing hard to July’s bitter end.
“Yeah,” he tweeted early Monday morning, “im takin a nap.”
FREE THROWS (Courtesy Alex Kline)Jimmy Hall, Anderson’s St. Anthony teammate, lists Penn State, Temple, Hofstra, Siena, Stony Brook, George Washington, George Mason, UMass & SMU…2012 NY Gauchos PG Da’Shawn Suber lists UCF, Western Kentucky, Quinnipiac, Marquette, San Diego State, Baylor & Temple… 2012 NY Gauchos SF Arthur Edwards lists George Mason, Texas Tech, Miami, Towson, Florida, Texas & SMU…2013 PF Greg Senat of Juice All-Stars (NY) lists Hofstra, Drexel & Robert Morris with the Pride standing out the most …Wagner offered Kaison Randolph & Tyler Kohl, a 2014 duo from Team NJABC.
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.