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.
Recruiting Roundup: Midnight Madness Coming to Kentucky, Syracuse, Arizona, Memphis, UConn, St. John’s, Georgetown & More
This will be a huge weekend on the recruiting front as Midnight Madness hits a slew of big-time programs, including preseason No. 1 Kentucky, defending national champion UConn, Syracuse, Arizona, Memphis, St. John’s, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Providence, UNLV and others.
Here’s a look at who’s going where, with constant updates all weekend.
**One week after hosting their NBA Combine for 90 NBA personnel, Kentucky will follow it up with Big Blue Madness. The Wildcats are expected to host a Who’s Who of elite 2015 players, including Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman and their lone 2015 commit, Charles Matthews. Also, 2016 star Tyus Battle will attend.
**UConn will host 6-11 2016 big man Samuel Japhet-Mathias and 6-8 2016 power forward Tyrique Jones of Vermont Academy; 2017 guard Nate Pierre-Louis of St. Benedict’s Prep; 2017 point guard Tremont Waters of South Kent; and 2015 commits Jalen Adams and Steve Enoch.
**One week after hosting 2016 guard Tyus Battle and 2015 commit Malachi Richardson,Syracuse will have 2016 commit Matt Moyer, 2017 White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac wing Jordan Tucker, 2017 St. Benedict’s Prep guard Trevon Duval , 2017 Baltimore (MD) Clinton Christian small forward Melo Eggleston and 2018 Norristown (PA) shooting guard Cameron Reddish. Richardson and fellow 2015 commit Moustapha Diagne may also attend.
**Arizona hosts 2015 commits Ray Smith, Justin Simon and Allonzo Trier, as well as Caleb Swanigan and T.J. Leaf.
**St. John’s has a big weekend for their Red Storm Tip-Off as 2015 guards Isaiah Briscoe and Brandon Sampson will be on campus, as will 2015 forward Cheick Diallo. Younger players on hand include Sidney Wilson, Isaiah Washington, Nick Richards, DeAndre Hunter, David Beatty and Kassoum Yakwe.
**Memphis will host Skal Labissiere, KJ & Dedric Lawson, Nick Marshall, Edrice Adebayo, Tyler Cook, Randall Brodie, Jalen Fisher, Dillon Mitchell, Nych Smith, Micah Thomas, Jamario Rivers and Jalen Mcgaughy, per Evan Daniels.
**Georgetown hosts 2015 commits Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson, along with P.J. Dozier, Tacko Fall, DJ Harvey, Markelle Fultz and Anthony Cowan.
**Florida hosts 2015 small forward Keith Stone and 2016 wing Braxton Blackwell.
**Indiana hosts 2015 big man Thomas Bryant, among others.
**N.C. State will host 2016 combo guard Rawle Alkins, among others.
**Maryland is hosting Diamond Stone, Jaylen Brantley, Bryce Aiken, Tyler Foster and Andre Rafus.
**Providence will have 2016 guards Bruce Brown and T.J. Gibbs, and 2017 power forward Tomas Murphy.
**Vermont Academy (VT) wings Corey Johnson and Ronnie Suggs will attend Rhode Island’s Midnight Madness, per Alex Kline.
**UNLV has an impressive crew Thursday with 2016 commit Justin Jackson along with Derryck Thornton, Troy Brown, Oshae Brissett, Jalen Poyser, Charles O’Bannon and Derrick Jones
**Boston College has 2015 forward Markis McDuffie on campus.
**Arizona State has Tyler Dorsey, Brendan Bailey, Eron Gordon and Connor Harding at various points this weekend.
**Texas Tech will have 2015s CJ Williamson and Wendell Mitchell on campus, per Corey Evans.
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.