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.
Hamidou Diallo apparently isn’t the only NY Ren to enroll in college this month.
Samson George, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from Pittsburgh (PA) First Love Christian and the Rens AAU program, will enroll at Iona this week, a source told ZAGSBLOG.While the 6-6 Diallo plans to redshirt at Kentucky and begin playing in the 2017-18 season, it remains unclear if George will redshirt or play.
George also considered Central Connecticut, Oregon State and Monmouth.
“I love their style of play and also think this is the program that will get me better as a player,” George said when he committed.
“It was the right fit,” First Love Christian coach Khayree Wilson said. “He likes the way they play up and down. It’s also close to home, he loves the New York/New Jersey area.
“He’s going to bring toughness, grit and rebounding. He is a great young man to coach and he’s very humble.”
“Samson is a winner so going to a program like Iona that is always winning over 20 games and is always in the [NCAA] Tournament makes this a great fit for him,” NY Rens coach Andy Borman said.
“He is a double-double machine and a high-end athlete. He attacks the ball at its highest point on rebounds. He can face the basket and hit the mid-range jump shot consistently. He will be a definite impact player the minute he steps on campus.”
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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.