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.
St. John’s may have missed out on Isaiah Briscoe when he chose Kentucky, but on Monday they added an elite guard prospect in Brandon Sampson.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, from Madison High School in Baton Rouge (LA), has picked St. John’s University over USC and Cal.
“Coach [Steve] Lavin was really consistently recruiting him,” Madison coach Jeff Jones told SNY.tv. “He was a priority, they really needed him, which was important to him. Coach Lavin was very consistent that [Sampson] has a chance to come in, play and start right away as a freshman. With D’Angelo [Harrison] graduating, he has a chance to kind of fill that void.”
NEW YORK — Christ the King head coach Joe Arbitello doesn’t just love junior guard Rawle Alkins‘ quickness, ball handling skills or ability to score at will.
One of Arbitello’s favorite aspects of Alkins’ game is his willingness to support his teammates on nights where the elite Queens prospect doesn’t have his smooth shooting touch.
Alkins, battling a bad case of the flu, scored just nine points in Sunday’s 76-64 win at home against PSAL powerhouse Cardozo. Instead, he played the role of a facilitator and cheerleader as guard Jose Alvarado went off for 25 points and Jared Rivers dropped 17 points in the victory at Christ the King.
On Sunday, it said Thomas Jefferson junior Shamorie Ponds, one of the city’s more elite high school prospects, dropped a solid 16 points in the Orange Wave’s 75-62 defeat at the hands of Long Island Lutheran at Christ the King.
But both Ponds and Jefferson coach Bud Pollard couldn’t have been more disappointed in the star’s performance.
“I thought he and the team sucked today,” Pollard said after the loss. “It was a winnable game. We sucked today.”
“The end of January is when exams are finished,” Smith said. “Results are available at the beginning of February. After that we will be able to say where we are in the process. We are pushing the envelope, but we still want him to enjoy the experience of school. He’s enjoying the experience of traveling a lot, and playing a hectic schedule. He is at a 3.9 GPA. He used to be at a 4.0. He hated losing that .1 off of it, but I still congratulated him. I want him to keep working hard at it.”