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.
Josiah Turner won’t be at St. John’s this weekend while he finishes up final exams, but the former Arizona point guard may visit next weekend or down the line.
Meantime, the Johnnies will host big men Justin Raffington (pictured) and Philip Nolan and guard Darrick Wood.
The 6-foot-9 Raffington, born in Germany, averaged 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.8 minutes last season as a sophomore at San Francisco. He is one of six players transferring out of coach Rex Walters’ program.
“Justin has very good size,” Walters said on the school’s Website. “He’s very bouncy. He rebounds well and can knock down the 15-17 footer. I believe his best basketball is ahead of him. He’s playing against older, more experienced players now in Germany and also is playing for the German national team. He definitely has some international exposure. He’s a really good kid. He will make plays outside his area and can block shots and cover ground on the defensive end.”
The 6-10 Nolan is ranked the No. 21 best center in the Class of 2012 by Rivals and has also considered prepping next season.
“He’s a talent, has a ton of potential,” one source close to Nolan told SNY.tv. “He needs to add some weight. He can probably make an impact as a freshman but not as much as if he gets stronger.
The 6-4 Wood decommitted from St. John’s and has had academic issues to work through at Bridgton (Me.) Academy.
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.