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: Tyus Battle, Malik Newman, Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg, Dwayne Bacon, Rawle Alkins & More
By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA
Here’s a few quick hits on some of the top players in the Classes of 2015 and 2016.
**Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his entire staff will be at Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s on Monday to watch 2016 guard Tyus Battle, Gill coach Mergin Sina told SNY.tv. The 6-foot-6 Battle recently trimmed his list to 11 schools, including Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan, Ohio State and others. For more on Battle, watch our SNY.tv documentary “The Battle Plan” here.
**Malik Newman went off for 42 points but Callaway (MS) lost to Orangeville Prep, 85-71, at Marshall County. Thon Maker scored 19 points in the win. For the latest on Newman’s recruitment, read this. For more on Maker’s latest plans regarding reclassification, click here.
**Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory, Georgia coach Mark Fox, UCLA assistant David Grace and Kansas assistant Norm Roberts watched Jaylen Brown go off for 34 points and 12 rebounds as Marietta (GA) Wheeler beat Walton, 97-61, on Saturday night.
North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Hubert Davis also watched Brown on Friday night when he scored 30 points in a win.
“Best scorer in the country,” one D-1 coach said.
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.
**Kansas coach Bill Self, Illinois coach John Groce and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne watched 2015 forward Carlton Bragg go for 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks as Cleveland (OH) Villa-Angela St. Joseph beat Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, 60-54, at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
“Coach Self said, ‘We want Carlton,'” Bragg’s mentor, Michael Graves, said.
“Coach Groce said he loved Carlton’s improvement and would love to coach him.”
Payne also texted a message of support.
For more on the 6-8 Bragg’s recruitment, read this.
Also in that game, UNLV-bound Derrick Jones and Temple-bound Ernest Aflakpui of Carroll each went for 16 points.
**Florida State-bound shooting guard Dwayne Bacon went for 20 points as Oak Hill Academy (VA) beat Our Savior New American of Long Island, 68-66, at Marshall County. Pitt-bound guard Damon Wilson had 19 for Our Savior. On Friday, Bacon went for 29 points in 21 minutes in a win over UK-bound Skal Labissiere. “He’s as good a player as we’ve had in the last 6-7 years,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Bacon. “Bigger and as skilled as guards Doron Lamb and Jordan Adams at the same stage.”
**2016 guard Rawle Alkins went for 28 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals in Christ the King’s 87-56 win over Kentucky-bound Charles Matthews and Chicago St. Rita, according to Frank Burlison.
**Illinois signee Jalen Coleman had 15 points and 5 rebounds in front of Illinois Coach Groce at Marshall County.
**2016 Bentonville (Ark) five-star guard Malik Monk went for 28 points in a win Saturday.
**Seton Hall had Trevon Duval, Bryce Aiken, TJ Gibbs & Veer Singh on hand for their rout of Rutgers.
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.