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.
As we head into July’s second live period, Kentan Facey is one of the hottest names on the AAU circuit.
A 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward from Long Island Lutheran, Facey excelled at the LeBron James Skills Academy and in Indianapolis and will play this weekend with his New Rens team in Philadelphia.
“So far I’ve been playing a lot better and I have more confidence than what I was before,” Facey, a native of Jamaica who has been in the U.S. for about two years, told SNY.tv Wednesday on his way to Philly. “That’s the major difference right now, just a lot of confidence.”
Facey is a face-up four who excels at rebounding and is still working on his offensive game.
LuHi coach John Buck has been impressed with what he’s seen.
“He came back to LuHi [Monday] to work out and looked much improved, stronger and has more confidence in his game,” Buck said.
Buck said Facey holds offers from UCLA, USC, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Louisville, St. John’s, UConn, Providence, Rhode Island and VCU, and has drawn interest Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and West Virginia.
“Later on in the year, later in after the July period, I plan on [cutting my list],” Facey said. “I’m still wide open right now.”
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.