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.
Samuel Japhet-Mathias has committed to Wake Forest.
Ranked No. 90 in the class of 2017, Japhet Mathias will enroll for the Demon Deacons a year early, reclassifying to the class of 2016. He is currently living in London.
“I am very excited to announce that I am committing to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for the class of 2016,” Japhet Mathias said in a statement. “I decided to choose Wake Forest because I trusted myself with my decision and the coaching staff that I will progress there.”
Japhet Mathias was a member of the 2015 Vermont Academy AA Finalist team.
The 6-foot-10, 280 pound center is the fourth commit for head coach Danny Manning, joining Brandon Childress, Donovan Mitchell and Richard Washington.
Pat Lawless was the first to have the news.
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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.