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.
Daniel Mading, a 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 small forward originally from the Sudan who was raised in Australia, has committed to Texas Tech over Providence.
Mading, who now attends The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., visited Providence Feb. 1-3 and Texas Tech Feb. 11-14.
A onetime ASU commit, Mading parted ways with the Sun Devils last June. At the time of his commitment, he was playing for legendary St. Anthony’s coach Bob Hurley, the father of Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley. Mading then left St. Anthony’s and resurfaced at The Rock School this season.
Mading visited Texas Tech this past weekend, returning to Florida on Tuesday.
“He loved coach [Chris] Beard and Coach [Al] Pinkins along with a player from our organization, Devon Thomas,” Howell said.
“Daniel loves the fact that Coach Beard knows talent and has been able to turn programs around, just as he did at Arkansas-Little Rock and now Texas Tech. He felt as though Daniel was extremely underrated compared to the kids in the top 100 at his position and wants to prove everyone in the nation wrong, that they missed out on the top small forward in 2017.
“Daniel was intrigued about the immediate impact and playing time he could have along with four starting returners. Nevertheless, in the history of the Texas Tech basketball program history they’ve never had a recruit such as Daniel on campus to visit their institution.
Howell previously said Mading had a high ceiling.
“Daniel Mading’s potential is scary,” he said. “Standing 6’9-6’10, he’s long and athletic with length to disrupt opponents on the offensive end, which is a gift. Daniel has improved his handles tremendously while handling the ball [in an effort] to develop into a 2-3 long-term. Everyone knows he can stretch the floor but being an elite defender, adding weight and developing into a two guard are the goals, and will benefit any program.”
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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.
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