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.
Alex Illikainen, a 6-9 power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, has verbally committed to Wisconsin after visiting the school this weekend, Brewster coach Jason Smith said on Twitter.
He had initially considered Oregon, Iowa and Minnesota as well, but then reduced his choices to Wisconsin and Iowa.
Illikainen cancelled a recent visit to Oregon after they landed four-star power forward Trevor Manuel. With Minnesota’s addition of guard Jarvis Johnson, they were at the scholarship limit, Smith said.
“He’s a kid that’s really versatile,” Smith said of the Minnesota native. “Early on in his hs career he was primarily an interior physical banger. This spring and summer he showed an ability to step out and hit shots. He an play as an inside guy who can bang and finish at the rim or he can be a pick-and-pop four man.”
Illikainen is the seventh Brewster player to commit to a Division 1 school.
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.