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.
This week will be a big one on the recruiting front for Our Savior New American star forward Cheick Diallo.
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon saw the 6-foot-9 Diallo on Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self is due Wednesday and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and Iowa State coach Fred Holberg are expected Thursday.
Diallo, who is an uncommitted and a consensus top-7 recruit nationally, last week won his second Gatorade Player of the Year honor. As a senior at the Long Island school, he averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the 22-12 Pioneers. Diallo is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh and will commit in the spring.
St. John’s lost on Friday night to San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament and Lavin has since said he hopes to be extended.
He will need to add at least one big next year, when it remains unclear if Chris Obekpa will return. The Red Storm have three commits so far, all guards in Brandon Sampson, Sammy Barnes-Thompkins and Samir Doughty.
Lavin is recruiting several other bigs and guards both overseas and in the U.S.
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.
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