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.
‘Bazz, Kyle, Nerlens & Isaiah Named Naismith Finalists
Two of the four finalists for the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year awards have yet to pick a college.
The four finalists include 6-foot-6 small forward Shabazz Muhammad and 6-10 shot-blocker Nerlens Noel, both of whom are undecided and will sign in the spring.
The other two finalists are 6-9 St. Anthony point guard Kyle Anderson, committed to UCLA, and 7-foot Baylor bound big man Isaiah Austin.
The award will be presented March 22.
Anderson told SNY.tv he continues to work on Muhammad and uncommitted 6-9 forward Tony Parker for UCLA.
“I’m going to be in their ear about it,” Anderson said. “But it’s up to them. I’m going to put it out there that we really need them.”
He added: “I don’t want to put too much pressure on them. I just want them to go where they want to go, but they’re best of friends of mine so I’m going to talk to them regardless.”
The Naismith High School Player of the Year award was first presented in 1987 to Dennis Scott of Flint Hill Prep (Oakton, Va.), who later starred at Georgia Tech and with the Orlando Magic in the NBA.
Other notable winners include Jason Kidd (1992, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda, Calif.), Kobe Bryant (1996, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, Pa.), LeBron James (2003, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) and Derrick Favors (2009, South Atlanta High School, Atlanta, Ga.).
Last year’s boy’s winner was Austin Rivers (Winter Park High, Orlando, Fla.) who is now at Duke.
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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