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.
R.J. Cole, the 6-foot-1 Class of 2017 point guard at St. Anthony’s, verbally committed to Howard University on Monday, spurning Monmouth and Boston University in the process.
For Howard, Cole could end up being a program-changer who could change how other recruits look at coming to the school.
“I got really close with the coach [Kevin Nickelberry] and he’s been there from the beginning,” Cole said of choosing the historically black institution.
The Linden, N.J., native is a pure point guard who helped St. Anthony’s win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2016.
“I plan on coming in and making an impact on the offensive end with my scoring and getting my teammates in position to score,” he said. “[We can have a] St. Anthony’s caliber offense.”
“He’s the son of a coach and former point guard with tremendous understanding of the game and the position,” St. Anthony’s assistant Eric Harrield said. “R.J. has become a solid and dependable lead guard on both sides of the court who will only get better as he’s a young senior. He’s by far the most underrated point guard in the country.”
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.