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.
The Gray Bees lose Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Mike Young (Pittsburgh) and Denzell Taylor (Old Dominion) from their core, but return the backcourt tandem of Isaiah Briscoe (2015) and Jonathan Williams (2014).
Coach Mark Taylor’s club also brings back guard Damon Wilson (2015).
St. Ben’s — which does not compete in the New Jersey State Athletic Association — will also have four Puerto Rican players in 6-6 2016 forward Nick Washington, who played on the team last year, as well as 5-11 guards Josh Colon and Edwin Cancel, both 2016, and 6-9 forward Arnaldo Toro (2016).
Washington, Toro and Cancel are all playing for the Puerto Rico 16U National Team, and all four (including Toro) play for the Puerto Rico Playmakers AAU club.
Two Lithuanian big men — 6-10 2014 Norbertas Giga (pictured) and 6-10 2015 Domantas Pavlovskis — also join the squad. Giga averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds last year for the Lithuanian U17 team in the World Championship, according to FIBA.com. Pavlovskis averaged 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Lithuanian U16 team.
Taylor is also finalizing the addition of two more shooters — who he says are 6-4 and 6-5.
“St. Benedict’s looks as strong an deep as it has ever been,” he said.
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.