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: JaQuan Lyle, Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg, Antonio Blakeney, Marshall County Hoop Fest Schedule (UPDATED)
Here’s a few quick hits on some of the top uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2015.
**JaQuan Lyle says he has no visits planned at the moment. The 6-foot-5 guard out of Indiana is now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and most recently visited LSU with LSU-bound big man Ben Simmons and uncommitted guard Antonio Blakeney. A onetime Louisville and Oregon commit, Lyle recently told SNY.tv he’s being recruited by Indiana, Oregon, Missouri, Ohio State and Xavier. Lyle’s former head coach at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, Rob Fulford, is now an assistant at Mizzou. Florida State assistant Dennis Gates also watched Lyle at practice on Tuesday.
**Kentucky coach John Calipari, Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory, Georgia coach Mark Fox, UCLA assistant David Grace and Kansas assistant Norm Roberts are expected to watch Jaylen Brown and Marietta (GA) Wheeler play Saturday night, sources told SNY.tv. The No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, Brown visited Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA this fall, and told SNY.tv he’s planning to take officials to Michigan and North Carolina.
**Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kansas head coach Bill Self are expected to watch 2015 forward Carlton Bragg Saturday night at the Marshall County Hoop Fest (schedule below), sources confirmed to SNY.tv. The 6-8 Bragg is considering those schools along with UCLA and Illinois.
**Uncommitted 2015 guard Antonio Blakeneytold Rivals.com he has one official visit left and is considering North Carolina, N.C. State and Oregon, but will take unofficials to the ones he doesn’t visit officially. The 6-4 Blakeney is also considering Kentucky, LSU and Missouri, all of which he’s visited. He told Rivals that Isaiah Briscoe’s commitment to Kentucky would not affect him. The two are close friends, and as we reported, Briscoe is still recruiting both Blakeney and Malik Newman to Kentucky. Newman said he and Briscoe would make a “good backcourt.”
**Newman, Cheick Diallo, Thon Maker,Jamal Murray, Thomas Bryant, Miles Bridges, UNLV commit Derrick Jones and Kentucky signee Skal Labissiere are also playing in the Marshall County Hoop Fest. Check back here later this week for updates.
MARSHALL COUNTY HOOP FESTThursday Dec. 4th, 2014 Session #1
4:00 PM Marshall County (Girls) VS Massac County (Girls)
5:15 PM Marshall County VS Dyersburg
6:30 PM Sunrise Christian KS VS Orangeville Prep CAN
7:45 PM Graves County VS Massac County
Friday Dec. 5th, 2014 Session #2
4:00 PM Sunrise Christian KS VS Quality Education NC
5:30 PM Oak Hill Academy VA VS Reach Your Dream TN
7:00 PM Callaway MS VS Archbishop Carroll PA
8:30 PM Huntington Prep WV VS Arsenal Tech IN
10:00 PM Arlington Country Day FL VS Carlisle School VA
Saturday Dec. 6th, 2014 Session #3
8:30 AM White Station TN VS Arsenal Tech IN
10:00 AM Marshall County (Girls) VS Madisonville North Hopkins
11:30 AM Marshall County VS Owensboro Senior
1:00 PM Hopkinsville VS Lausanne TN
2:30 PM McCracken County VS Lincoln
4:00 PM Christ Presbyterian TN VS Lalumiere IN
Saturday Dec. 6th, 2014 Session #4
5:30 PM Archbishop Carroll PA VS Villa Angela St. Joseph OH
7:00 PM Oak Hill Academy VA VS Our Savior NY
8:30 PM Orangeville Prep CAN VS Callaway MS
10:00 PM Huntington Prep WV VS Arlington Country Day FL
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.