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.
Max Hooper is the latest member of St. John’s 2012 recruiting class, having committed Monday following a weekend visit.
“I’ve committed to St. John’s,” the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Harvard transfer told SNY.tv Monday. He must sit out a year per transfer regulations and will then have three years of eligibility remaining.
“What made me pick them is trusting the coaching staff and being able to sit down with them this past weekend and bond with the players and feel the connection with the players and get that campus feel and see it was a place I could see myself spending four years and feeling comfortable,” he added.
Hooper committed one day after the Monroe (N.Y.) College duo of Orlando Sanchez and Marco Bourgault committed to head coach Steve Lavin. (Here’s the story on their commitments.)
“I was on campus when they committed,” Hooper said. “They both are really good guys, they both can play. I’m looking forward to further developing the chemistry with them.”
Hooper is a shooter who will help spread the offense and serve as a zone-buster, much in the way Lavin hopes Bourgault will.
“They definitely see me as a shotmaker, high-level shotmaker,” he said. “They also see me as an intelligent player who knows how to play the game game, make smart plays and do the little things on the court as well.”
St. John’s is expected to announce the signings of Hooper, Bourgault, Sanchez, 6-3 wing Felix Balamou and 6-8 JaKarr Sampson later this week or early next week.
They have two scholarships remaining and are involved with bigs Chris Obekpa, Michael Chandler, Philip Nolan and Justin Raffington and guards Josiah Turner and Darrick Wood.
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.