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.
Arizona is loaded with future pros on the front line in Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski, but they won’t be there forever.
With that in mind, the No. 1-ranked Wildcats are looking ahead and hosted 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman on Thursday.
“It went very well,” Zimmerman told SNY.tv of his visit to Arizona Thursday. “Beautiful campus, coaches are very high on winning, training and preparing players for the next level.
“They said by the time I’m ready for college, the whole team will be gone and they will be rebuilding, so I would be able to make an immediate impact. I liked the training and strength conditioning part of the program. Results speak for themselves, they’re definitely doing something right over there, since they’re No. 1 in the country. I will be watching them closely to see how I could benefit and how they would help prepare me to succeed at the highest level, the NBA.”
Zimmerman, ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, has no other visits planned right now.
Kentucky assistant Orlando Antiguaalso recently watched him play.
Top-ranked Arizona visits Michigan Saturday.
“One of our biggest games of the year,” Arizona coach Sean Miller told Brendan Quinn.
He added: “One thing about Michigan, they’ve played a great schedule. If you look at who they’ve played — if you play at Duke, your chances aren’t very good. They’ve played a competitive schedule and because of that I know they’ve probably improved over every week of the non-conference season. They were in the national championship game a year ago. They’re a perennial NCAA tournament team. Michigan speaks for itself. We know that it will be one of the stiffest tests that we’ll have all season long.”
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.