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.
Kasper Christiansen wouldn’t say he was star-struck. He didn’t fend off any wild jitters when he saw Rick Pitino sitting courtside at Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, Fla. last night.
Well-versed on Pitino and Louisville, Christiansen said the idea of playing at such a high-caliber program gives him monstrous motivation.
Christiansen, a 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 forward at Elev8 Prep, is now being recruited by Louisville, Maryland, and Florida.
Valpo and Baylor have also shown considerable interest in the Denmark-bred big.
“If Louisville ends up offering me, I’d be honored,” said Christiansen, who expects to become more adept around the rim while packing muscle onto his spindly 190-pound frame.
“That would be special. Rick Pitino, he’s just a basketball legend. The whole history of Louisville is great. The University of Maryland is a great option for me to. They told me to get bigger. They want me stronger and now that’s what I have to work on so I can play at that level.”
Christiansen visited the University of Florida unofficially at the beginning of the month, impressed with the campus, the Gainesville area and the Gators’ new coaching staff. While there is no current timetable, Christiansen indicated he’d like to decide on a school after the 2015-16 campaign or next fall.
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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.