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.
Woodson Bolsters Impressive Memphis Recruiting Class
The addition of former Baylor commit Dominic Woodson to Memphis’ 2013 recruiting class bolsters an already strong group for coach Josh Pastner.
Memphis now has five of the Top 100 players in the ESPN.com rankings for the Class of 2013 as it heads into the new American Athletic Conference (see list below).
Memphis adds No. 15 Austin Nichols, No. 33 Kuran Iverson, No. 37 Nick King, No 90 Woodson, No. 95 Rashawn “Pookie” Powell, as well as shooting guard Markel Crawford and 6-8 George Washington transfer David Pellom.
As Memphis transitions to a new league that features reigning NCAA champion Louisville as well as UConn, these players should help offset the losses of D.J. Stephens (graduation) Adonis Thomas (NBA Draft), Tarik Black (Kansas) and Antonio Barton (Tennessee).
Memphis lost in the Round of 32 loss to Michigan State in last year’s NCAA Tournament, but is hoping to get back next season.
Speaking of the 6-10 Woodson’s decision, his AAU coach, Kevin Robinson, told SNY.tv: “He has the opportunity to play right away and earn minutes, and he has a chance to go tot he [NCAA] Tournament and go far.”
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOP 100 RECRUITS PER ESPN.com15. PF Austin Nichols, Memphis33. SF Kuran Iverson, Memphis
35. PF Jermaine Lawrence, Cincinnati
37. SF Nick King, Memphis
48. SG Anton Gill, Louisville
49. SG Keith Frazier, SMU
64. C John Ebgunu, USF
75. PF Akoy Agau, Louisville
90. C Dominic Woodson, Memphis95. PG Rashawn Powell, Memphis
98. PF Kentan Facey, UConn
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.
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