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.
For the second year in a row, Steve Lavin and St. John’s are conducting perhaps the most unique recruiting search of any Division 1 basketball program in the nation.
A year ago, Lavin inherited a club with 10 seniors and had the unenviable burden of trying to fill nearly an entire roster with new players.
Lavin and his staff hit the road and landed a nine-man recruiting class ranked among the Top 3 nationally, but three recruits — JaKarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle and Amir Garrett — were ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA in September. (Garrett has since qualified and joined the team.)
St. John’s also lost junior college point guard Nurideen Lindsey, who first announced he would transfer to Arkansas and has now decided on Rider.
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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.