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.
A 6-7 Italian forward in the 2015 class, Akele showed some of the promise that is attracting some of the top programs in the country. He hit a 3-pointer and showed off skills around the basket. A quality defender, Akele altered many shots in the lane and forced a couple of steals.
Since coming to IMG from Italy in November, he feels as though he has been focusing more on his individual skills.
“Here basketball is different, its more one-on-one,” he said. “I’ve worked on my ball-handling and shooting, and I think I have improved on both.”
Akele holds offers from USF, Duquesne, Elon and Eastern Michigan and is being monitored by Florida State, Miami and St. Johns.
In terms of future visits, Akele said, “I have to take the SATs this Saturday, and after that we’ll figure out where to visit.”
Akele is hoping to get the recruiting process done soother rather than later, and is hoping to decide some time next month.
“I think I will decide in April,” he said. “That gives me enough time to take visits, and talk with my family.”
MYERS TO WEST VIRGINIATeyvon Myers, a 6-2 shooting guard from Brooklyn and Williston (N.D.) State College, committed to West Virginia and won’t make trips to Louisville and Arizona State as planned.
“It was fun,” he told SNY.tv after his visit. “I saw a lot of great things at West Virginia but most important those guys are family.”
He added: “I will bring hard work and dedication. I will be the best player I can be.”
Myers, who averaged 25.1 points, 4.0 rebound and 3.4 assists this season, said he hasn’t cut his list and is “considering every option.”
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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.