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.
NEW YORK — Wade Baldwin IV and his old high school teammate Karl-Anthony Towns placed a friendly wager on Wednesday’s season-opener between the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Loser had to buy dinner.
After Baldwin filled up the stat sheet, scoring seven points with five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in the Grizzlies’ 102-98 victory in Memphis, dinner was on Towns, the reigning NBA rookie of the year who had 21 points and four rebounds in the loss.
So they rented out a back room at the Westin Hotel and the dinner tab was about $500 for a group that included Baldwin’s parents, Karl Towns Sr., St. Joe’s-Metuchen coach Dave Turco and a few others.
“We took it easy on them on the table, they got off lightly,” Baldwin’s fatherjoked. “If we would’ve lost, Big Karl would’ve stuck it to me. Just between those two, it would’ve been $500.”
Zach Brown, the 7-foot-1 big man who has verbally committed to St. John’s for 2017, has transferred schools and is expected to sign his Letter of Intent in November during the early signing period.
Brown is now at Miami (FL) Calusa Prep School after he was previously enrolled at Sarasota (FL) Elevation Prep Academy since the last week of June.
Sources said Brown was advised to be in the Miami area to best help himself get exonerated from the charges against him and to do his community service. Brown was arrested in Miami in May on multiple robbery charges; two of the charges were eventually dropped while a third remains pending. He committed to St. John’s in July after initially pledging to UConn.