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.
Arnaldo Toro, a 6-foot-9 2016 power forward from St. Benedict’s Prep, enjoyed his official visit to St. Joe’s over the weekend.
“It was really good, I enjoyed it,” Toro said. “I like how people were enjoying the place and the campus was nice as well.”
St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli and assistant Dave Duda scouted Toro several times at St. Benedict’s in advance of the visit, and are very high on his skill set.
“They will use me to stretch the floor and create space and use my shooting and passing skill with it,” he said.
The native of Puerto Rico is down to George Washington, St. Joe’s and Kansas State and will visit Kansas State Oct. 29. He has already visited GW. Indiana has also been texting Toro, but no visit is planned yet.
In 20 games this spring and summer with the Albany City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit, he averaged 6.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
“He’s the ultimate teammate,” City Rocks director Jim Hart said. “Any coach is going to love him. He’s a warrior on the boards, brings his lunch pail every day. His upside is great because he has a high basketball IQ and such a natural nose for the ball.
“Playing for [St. Benedict’s coach] Mark Taylor you know he has been coached and pushed. He’s an elite offensive rebounder who runs the floor tirelessly and excels at transition putbacks. Good footwork in the post and can knock down jumpers out to the 3-point line. Everyone in the City Rock organization loved him.”
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.