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.
UCLA on Sunday landed a pledge from 6-foot-10 Ikenna Okwarabizie of Tyler (TX) College, who will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“He is a strong, physical presence,” Tyler coach Mike Marquis told SNY.tv. “He rebounds and defends well. On offense, he runs the floor, finishes around the rim and is an above average passer.”
A native of Nigeria who was not initially qualified to play Division 1 ball, Okwarabizie will add depth at the center position for the Bruins, who lost freshman big man Kevon Looney to the NBA Draft and 2015 recruit Stephen Zimmerman to UNLV.
“We are very proud of Ike and happy that he has achieved his goal of playing high level Division 1 basketball,” Coach Ras Vanderloowrote on Facebook. “To say that we have a player that has committed to a place like UCLA makes everyone associated with East High basketball very proud. We wish him nothing but the best at UCLA. Go Bruins.”
At Sioux City (Iowa) East High School in 2013-14, the big man averaged 13 points and 12.5 rebounds a game.
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.