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.
Elijah Macon, 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, committed to West Virginia for the second time, doing so during an official visit to the school. A Columbus, Ohio native, Macon previously committed to the Mounties in the fall of 2009.
“It’s just the perfect place for me. They have everything I need plus a hall of fame coach that will make me a better player,” Macon, the Rivals No. 18 power forward in the Class of 2012, told WVSports.com via text message.
Macon also held offers from Tennessee, USC, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Kansas State, but was down to West Virginia Pitt.
“He’s a very athletic step-out four who can score,” said Huntington coach Rob Fulford. “His ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays will be a problem at the next level. Elijah is a very aggressive offensive and defensive player who is contagious to teammates.
“He gives West Virginia a much needed skilled big man who can play away from the basket as well as bully guys on the post when needed.”
Also, Zach Auguste, a 6-10, 220-pound power forward from New Hampton (N.H.) Prep committed to Notre Dame even after eliminating them in August.
“I think it was all decided before I even visited,” Auguste told the South Bend Tribune. “Even after I eliminated them, they kept contacting me telling me, ‘This is where you need to be’ and ‘We’re going to prove this is the school for you.’
“I said, ‘OK, maybe that means something.’ They wanted me and they were going to make sure to get me.”
Ranked Rivals No. 28 power forward, Auguste had previously cut his list to Florida, Georgia Tech, Marquette and West Virginia.
Auguste joins 2012 players Cameron Biedscheid (St. Louis) and Austin Burgett (Avon, Ind.) in Notre Dame’s 2012 recruiting class.
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.
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