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.
Texas has landed a pledge from 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior college power forward Obi Oleka.
He also considered Gonzaga, Southern Miss, Oregon State and Old Dominion, among others. He will have two years of Division 1 eligibility remaining.
“He’s a bonified athlete,” his college coach, Elliott Williams of State College of Florida-Manatee, told SNY.tv. “He plays the 3/4 for us, inside/out. Definitely a guy that is a warrior in the block. Definitely is a matchup for most post guys.
“If he’s matched up with a four he’s going to go around him. He has over a 40-inch vertical leap. He loves to get offensive rebounds and go back up and dunk or finish.
“He will be a matchup problem for most fours at that level. Texas is getting a kid that’s a relentless worker.”
He joins 6-7 St. Louis wing Jordan Barnett in coach Rick Barnes’ 2014 class.
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.