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.
Former Seton Hall star Jeremy Hazell is in camp with the Phoenix Suns and awaiting word on his future.
“He actually has a shot,” Seth Cohen, Hazell’s agent, told SNY.tv Friday. “They wanted him to focus on defense and show that he’s going to give it everything he’s got on the defensive end.
“It’s gonna be tight. They have a bunch of guarantees [contracts] but he does have a shot.”
The Suns play their exhibition games Tuesday and Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.
In September, SNY.tv broke the news that Hazell signed a two-year deal with Lucentum Alicante in Spain after also considering offers in Italy and Israel.
Hazell averaged 8.8 points in just under 15 minutes a game and shot 70 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc in Spain, but Cohen said he left the team in order to pursue his dream in the NBA.
“We made a decision together that it was in our best interest to pursue Jeremy’s dream and give the NBA a shot at the Phoenix Suns camp,” Cohen said.
“It it doesn’t work out we’ll return to Europe and then give it another crack next year in summer league.”
Hazell scored more than 2,000 points at Seton Hall, but missed out on surpassing Terry Dehere as the program’s all-time leading scorer because he missed 13 games with a broken wrist. He was also the victim of a shooting during a robbery attempt gone bad on Christmas Day.
Hazell then missed an opportunity to showcase himself at the Portsmouth Invitational in April because his wrist was not completely healed.
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.