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 is the latest college basketball heavyweight to offer a scholarship to 7-footer Thon Maker of the Carlisle School (Va.), the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2016.
Ed Smith, Maker’s legal guardian, spoke with Rick Pitino on Wednesday and received the offer.
“He said he likes his versatility,” Smith told SNY.tv. “Offensively, he is like a young [Kevin] Garnett. They believe that in their back screen flare action, two-man game and elbow series he will thrive. Defensively, they could do a lot with him in their press and man defense because of his fluidity as an athlete. They liked how he played against Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander of Mac Irvin Fire when we beat them.”
Duke, Kansas and Memphis have also offered recently Maker, while Kentucky is showing strong interest, with head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne in touch with Smith.
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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.