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.
Mount Vernon Coach Mourning Disintegration of Big East
Mount Vernon High School has become a virtual pipeline to the Big East in recent years.
West Virginia senior forward Kevin Jones and freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds both played for head coach Bob Cimmino at ‘Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon.’
Cimmino also coached former Rutgers players Jonathan Mitchell and Mike Coburn.
And current senior point guard Isaiah Cousins — who holds offers from Hofstra, Manhattan and Stonybrook but won’t sign until the spring — may still wind up in the Big East if he blows up this season.
“I think he wants to see if his recruitment does blow up,” Cimmino said. “He’s gotten so much better in the last six months that it’s very, very noticeable.”
Yet with the future of the Big East now up in the air, Cimmino feels more than a tinge of sadness.
“Of course, I’m like everybody else out here,” Cimmino told SNY.tv by phone. “I’m mourning the disintegration of the great Big East that I grew up with. To this day, I think it was the best league that there ever was so it hurts.’
Hinds figures to be an important player for the Mountaineers this season, in what could be their last in the Big East.
“Jabarie unfortunately missed the 10 days of practice we had in August and the trip to Italy but he’s a very quick study,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told SNY.tv at Big East media day. “He’s got a great aptitude to learn basketball. He actually knows a lot more than the guys who had the 10 days know because he’s got a great upside and he’s been coached so well.
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.