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.
Jordan Walker Leads The Patrick School to Thrilling Hoophall Win, Talks Potential Reclassification
SPRINGFIELD, Mass — Jordan Walker thought he had the game won at the end of regulation.
His step-back three-point shot at the buzzer would have won the game, but instead he was whistled for an offensive foul.
No matter, the 5-foot-10 guard went on to score six points in the two overtime periods and finished with a near-triple-double of 15 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds as The Patrick School fended off Duke-bound Wendell Carter and Pace Academy (GA), 68-60 in double-overtime, at the Hoophall Classic.
“Oh, I was upset, I was highly upset but I had to get past it and just try to get the win,” Walker said of the offensive foul call. “But I was highly upset.”
With Kentucky-bound big man Nick Richards fouling out in the first overtime in front of Wildcats coach John Calipari, The Patrick School relied heavily on Walker and the other guards. Minnesota-bound Jamir Harris scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Monmouth-bound Marcus McClary added 11 and 6 and sophomore Al-Amir Dawes tallied 9 points, including a game-tying three-pointer to force the second overtime.
The win capped a huge weekend for The Patrick School, which ended arch rival St. Anthony’s 41- game winning streak on Saturday at the Dan Finn Classic. St. Anthony’s fell to Jemison (AL), 58-52, in the first game on Monday.
“It feels good to get the MVP but it’s more good that we got another win and we’re still building from the two losses at the City of Palms and we haven’t lost yet,” Walker said. “So I feel like it’s good that we keep winning and we keeping winning.”
The Celtics must turn around and play at rival Linden on Tuesday before facing Roselle Catholic on Friday.
On the recruiting front, the 5-foot-9 Walker is eligible to graduate in 2017 but told ZAGSBLOG he will “most likely” attend prep school and come out in 2018.
Seton Hall, Indiana and LSU are among the schools involved.
“Seton Hall’s recruiting me really hard,” he said. “I like Seton Hall. Seton Hall is one of the first schools that started recruiting me so I like Seton Hall.
“Indiana just started recruiting me, LSU…After the season I definitely plan on going on a bunch of visits.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.