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.
Manhattan’s Ashton Pankey to Declare for NBA Draft
Ashton Pankey, a 6-foot-10 redshirt junior from Manhattan, will declare for the NBA Draft instead of applying for a sixth year of eligibility at the MAAC school, he told SNY.tv and said on Twitter.
Pankey, who turns 23 next month, averaged 13.4 points and 6.7 rebounds this past season as the Jaspers made a run to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Steve Masiello.
An NBA scout told SNY.tv he doesn’t see Pankey getting drafted.
“Been giving this much thought over the past couple weeks,” he wrote on Instagram. “But I just want to announce I’m going Pro. It’s always been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NBA.. Or playing this game professionally and now I have that opportunity. First and foremost I would like to give the biggest thanks to Manhattan college.. The coaching staff, for believing in me. Coach massiello is not only a great head coach.. But an awesome person. You believed in me and have always been there when I needed you most and I give all the thanks to you. The assistant coaches for helping me to become a better player here. I appreciate you guys more than words can ever describe. To my teammates.. My brothers.. We have built a bond and friendship that could never be broken. Nothing can get in the way of the love I have for you guys. We have won 2 championships in 2 years and won many games and made history together. That is something that can never be taken from us. I wish I could stay for one more year and possibly win a third but providing for my family has always been priority number one for me. I will miss you guys dearly. I just also want to say that I’m graduating next month.. And that I will have my degree and fulfilling a promise I made to my mom many years ago. Thank you for everything. I am excited and ready for this next chapter in my life.”
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.