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.
Recruiting Roundup: 6-Foot-11 Mohammed Bamba Adds High Major Offers; Ponds, Isaac Add Offers
Mohamed Bamba, a 6-foot-11 2017 power forward from Norristown (PA) Westtown and the PSA Cardinals, has picked up offers from five high-major programs in Kansas, Arizona, Syracuse, UConn and Florida State.
The Harlem native previously had offers from Texas, Maryland, Villanova, Seton Hall, Temple, James Madison, Penn State, Rice and Yale and others.
“Mohammed has put himself in the conversation for being a top 5 player in the class of 2017 and a clear-cut high major recruit,” PSA Cardinals coach Terrance “Munch” Williams told SNY.tv. “This past weekend was a demonstration of the growth he has had over the past year and half. Being able to stretch the defense by hitting the 3-8point shut, running the floor with a higher motor, rebounding out of space, blocking shots and becoming more of a vocal leader, have been all skills he has been able to showcase lately. Needless to say, he has a bright future in the game of basketball.
“The schools that have offered him have been smart enough to get on the train as it is moving slowly but four-five months from now it will be moving express.”
FREE THROWSRhode Island and Creighton are the latest to offer 5-11 Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds, who already held offers from Minnesota, St. John’s, Miami, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Iona and Fordham…Rhode Island also offered 2016 St. Patrick point guard Bryce Aiken, as first reported by Andrew Slater…6-8 2016 IMG Academy wing Jonathan Isaac was offered by Alabama, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech, per his coach, John Mahoney…Miami and Vanderbilt offered 6-9 2016 Javin Montgomery-Delaurier of Team Loaded, per coach Ty White….Xavier offered 2016 G Carter Shepherd of Team Loaded….UMass and VCU are the latest to offer 2017 forward Hasahn French of PSA Cardinals, his coach told Alex Kline.
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.