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.
Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, projected as the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, will turn pro after this season, ESPN.com reports.
“He hopes he’ll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship,” one source told Chad Ford. “But even if they don’t win it all, he’s coming. He knows he’s going to be a top-5 pick. He can’t pass that up.”
DraftExpress.com has Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist first and third, respectively, in its current draft projections, with UConn’s Andre Drummond at No. 2.
“I’m just focused on March, too, right now,” Kidd-Gilchrist told SNY.tv last week in Louisville. “I’m not really worrying about that right now. I haven’t made up my mind.”
The freshman out of Somerdale, N.J., and Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game.
“He’s an inside offensive player,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He drives in or he posts up. He has a lot of work to do on his perimeter offensive game. He’s a very good rebounder. He has excellent athletic tools.”
“He’s the type of kid that you always want on your team,” one NBA general manager told ESPN.com. “Coaches love him, his teammates love him and he does all the little things that matter on the court. He cares about winning and that’s it. I doubt he ever looks at a box score.”
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.