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.
Kyle Anderson is going to have to find some more room on his mantle.
The 6-foot-8 St. Anthony point guard picked up yet another MVP honor Saturday night after posting 18 points and eight assists to help the Marques Johnson team cruiseto a 142-132 win over the Raymond Lewis squad in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.
Justin Anderson of Montrose Christian (Md.), a Virginia commit who is no relation, added 23 points in the win.
Kyle Anderson, who is considering Seton Hall, St. John’s, Florida, Georgetown and UCLA and is due to announce Sept. 20, has won a slew of MVP awards this summer. He helped the Playaz Basketball Club win the Rumble in the Bronx, the Desert Duel in Arizona and the End of Summer Classic at Albright College. He also won the MVP at the recent Battle of the Boroughs in The Bronx.
“This was by far the best way to end the summer for me,” Justin Anderson told ESPN Rise. “We really dug deep in the second half and made some stops and got our offense rolling.”
Aquille Carr, a 5-6 junior point guard from Baltimore (Md.) Patterson, posted 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Raymond Lewis squad, while Shabazz Muhammad, a senior small forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, added 25 points and nine rebounds.
Carr and Muhammad were named co-MVPs for the losing team.
Carr, known as “The Crimestopper” because crime supposedly stops in Baltimore when he plays, also played a key role in a wild play during pregame warmups.
He tossed an alley-opp off the backboard to power forward Mitch McGary, who dunked the ball and shattered the backboard. McGary cut his shoulder and was unable to play in the game.
“After that I thought it was about to be on,” Carr told ESPN. “That got me hyped so I just knew that I was about to do my thing and my team was gonna get the win.”
McGary, who is considering Maryland, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky, showed the coaches watching on TV just how tough a customer he is.
“They wanted me to go to the hospital and miss the game, but there was no way I was leaving,” McGary, a senior power forward at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.), told ESPN. “I had so much fun this week I told them I wasn’t missing anything and I’d just go afterwards. We all had a ball here all week. It’s the best.”
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.