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.
Louisville, Indiana Among Those Reaching Out to LeRon Black
Louisville and Indiana are among the schools that have recently reached out to 2014 Memphis forward LeRon Black, he told the Louisville Courier-Journal at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino called the 6-foot-7 forward Thursday before he left for LeBron and indicated he is looking for someone to play power forward with Chane Behanan possibly heading to the NBA after next season.
“I didn’t know who it was when I looked at my phone, and (the caller ID) said Kentucky,” said Black, the former Baylor commit. “So I said, ‘I guess I’m going to answer it.’ He said, ‘Hello, this is Rick Pitino.’ I said, ‘Woo.’ It kind of shocked me. I was excited about it, and I thank God for giving me the opportunity.”
He added: “He was real cool. He was telling me how they’re losing spots and how I could come in and play a lot.”
Indiana has been in the mix for some time and Black has been texting with head coach Tom Crean.
“I like them a lot, and I like the way they play,” Black said. “I watched them a lot this year. I loved watching them play this year. I had them winning it all, but you know how that goes. I like the coaching staff over there. … It ain’t too far (from home) either.”
Black also told the paper he continues to be recruited hard by Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Connecticut, Tennessee and Memphis.
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.
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