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.
Tyler Kohl, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Coastal Academy (N.J.), is closing in on a college decision, with Providence, Minnesota, St. John’s, Rhode Island and La Salle among those in the mix.
Assistant coaches from St. John’s, Providence and Minnesota all watched Kohl go for 23 points Sunday as coach Ian Turnbull’s Coastal Academy team knocked off Believe Prep, 64-51, at the CityLegendz Classic at the Gauchos Gym.
“We don’t want to drag it out,” Anthony Ross, Kohl’s brother, told SNY.tv by phone Sunday evening. “We want to try to get this done in a reasonable time just so we can get the ball rolling wherever his destination is going to be for his freshman year. It’s something we don’t want to drag on into the spring if we don’t have to.
“Hopefully within the next month, two months, we can make a decision.”
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — It wasn’t so much a basketball game as it was a demonstration of New Jersey’s version of Dunk City.
Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe and his Roselle (N.J.) Catholic teammates spent the better part of Sunday evening running up and down the court hitting 3-pointers, flushing dunks and throwing alley-oop lob passes en route to a 78-46 dismantling of Blair Academy in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase at West Orange High School.
The 6-foot-3 Briscoe earned game MVP honors after putting up 23 points, including two dunks and two 3-pointers, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in just three quarters of play.
NEW YORK — West Virginia took on N.C. State Saturday night as part of the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
In a sluggish battle where there were a total of 52 fouls, No. 22 West Virginia came out on top, 83-69, behind Juwan Staten’s 24 points and 6 assists.
Power forward Devin Williams scored 16 points and tallied 8 rebounds for the Mountaineers. N.C. State was led by junior guard Trevor Lacey’s 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting.
“Well, we have a lot of first-year players, junior college guys and freshmen on this team,” the 5-foot-11 Staten told SNY.tv. “With me being a senior and the role I have on this team being the captain, I just kinda have to step up, take the shots and make plays.”
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — T.J. Gibbs scored a game-high 24 points and earned Player of the Game honors Saturday as Seton Hall Prep edged Columbia, 58-56, at the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase at West Orange High School.
The 6-foot-2 Gibbs, the No. 46 player in the 247 composite rankings for 2016, is the brother of former Pittsburgh standout Ashton Gibbs and current Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs and possesses the same smooth jumper that has made his brothers stars at the college level.
Gibbs says he has already received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Miami, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, and Boston College. Of those schools he has been able to take unofficial visits to Providence, Seton Hall, Boston College, Georgetown, Rutgers, and St. John’s.