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.
Tyler Roberson, one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2013 out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG entering his senior season.
In this entry, he reveals his top six schools. He has set dates to visit three of the schools: SMU (9/27), Syracuse (10/5) and Kansas (10/12), but not to the other schools:Last time I wrote I cut my school list to 10. Since then I have been really busy with recruitment and home visits and talking to coaches. All of the schools that I had in my top 10 are great schools and have great coaches. Today was the last day of my home visits. I was originally going to cut my list to five schools but decided to keep six. The six schools that I have decided to keep are Kansas, SMU, Kentucky, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova. I am taking an official visit to every school but Rutgers. Me and my family will be taking a visit to Rutgers but it is going to be a unofficial since the school is close.
These are some of the reasons why I picked these six schools.
Kansas: Coach [Bill] Self (Head coach) and Coach [Joe] Dooley (Assistant coach) really convinced me about how they could use me in their offense and how I would be a good fit. They also told me about the history of the school which was interesting.
SMU: Coach [Larry] Brown talked to me about how he could help make me into a better player and how he wants me to be a part of what he is trying to build at SMU.
Kentucky: I learned a lot about Kentucky’s program when I talked to Coach [John] Calipari (Head Coach) and Coach [Orlando] Antigua (Assistant Coach) which is one of the reasons I have decided to take a visit. I am looking forward to the visit and seeing the school and talking to the coaches.
Rutgers: Coach [Mike] Rice was the last home visit I had. It was probably the best one of them all. It was a lot different than the rest of the visits. One of the things Coach Rice talked to me about was how I could do something special by staying home and coming to Rutgers.
Syracuse: Coach [Jim] Boeheim (Head Coach) and Coach [Mike] Hopkins (Associate Head Coach) talked to me about their style of play and how I would be perfect for it. They also told me about the school and I learned a lot of new things.
Villanova: I had a in home visit with Villonava today it went well Coach [Jay] Wright talked a lot about the basketball program and how the school isn’t too far away from home.
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.