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.
Former Miami Signee Melvin Johnson Back on the Market
PHILADELPHIA — Former St. Benedict’s Prep guard Melvin Johnson is back on the market after he received his release from Miami.
“They released him and he’s free to go anywhere he wants,” St. Ben’s coach Mark Taylor told SNY.tv.
Sources close to the situation said there was an issue related to Johnson’s test scores, but Taylor said the 6-foot-2 Bronx native was “fully qualified.’
Taylor said Johnson “hasn’t decided” where he will go but has “plenty of looks.”
Johnson, who helped St. Ben’s go 35-3 last season, initially chose Miami over Virginia Tech, Georgetown, South Florida, Dayton and the College of Charleston.
“We want it [done] as soon as possible,” Johnson’s mother, Kizzy Gladden, told the New York Post. “Classes start in a month. I’m hoping the next week, week and a half. We don’t want to make a circus out of it.”
“I didn’t want to go through the process again,” she added. “It’s rough. It’s hard for me and him. But I see everything happens for a reason.”
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.