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.
Nearly 80 NBA Personnel Expected to Watch Wiggins, Randle, Parker at Champions Classic
Nearly 80 NBA personnel are expected to watch diaper dandies Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night in Chicago.
Media coordinator Charley Green told SNY.tv that 73 NBA credentials have been issued, and that doesn’t include the Chicago Bulls who don’t have to go through Green because the United Center is their home arena.
“Probably around 80 scouts in total. This thing blew up after Wiggins committed,” Green told SNY.tv.
Five of the top 10 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com are slated to play in the event that matches No. 1 Kentucky against No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Duke against No. 5 Kansas.
Wiggins is projected at No. 1, Randle at No. 2, Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid at No. 6, Parker at No. 7 and Kentucky freshman point guard Andrew Harrison at No. 8.
Additionally, Kentucky sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein is projected to go No. 15, Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris at No. 16, Michigan State big man Adreian Payne at No. 26, Duke shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon at No. 27 and Kentucky sophomore forward Alex Poythress at No. 28.
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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.