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.
Chris Thomas chose Xavier earlier this month largely because of his relationship with assistant coach Rasheen Davis.
But now Davis is on the move to Manhattan, which begs the question, What does that mean for Chris Thomas?
“He is still committed to Xavier and will continue to be for now,” his grandmother, Latonia Smith, told SNY.tv by text Saturday night.
The talented, yet enigmatic Thomas is the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.
He is currently at Chipola (Fla.) College but he sat out this season after making previous stops in his home state of Colorado, Bowie (Md.) Princeton Day, Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep and South Kent (Conn.). He will suit up next season.
When he committed to Xavier earlier this month, Chipola assistant Pat Blake told SNY.tv : “I think it came down to his relationship with Coach Davis the past few years. With all the moving around that Chris has done, I think Coach Davis had been the consistent presence and consistent coach in his life.
“To me, there wasn’t really ever another school in the picture.”
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.