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.
Eric Ayala Visits Syracuse, Still Weighing Reclassification Option
Eric Ayala visited Syracuse for their game against Louisville on Monday and is still weighing whether or not to reclass to 2017 from 2018.
“It was great,” the 6-foot-5 Putnam Science Academy (CT) point guard said. “I got to experience everything first hand. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve been in! The Dome looks a lot different in person than it does on TV.”
Having missed out on Quade Green (Kentucky) in the Class of 2017, Syracuse would love to add Ayala for next season.
“Their message was to just imagine myself out there on the court while watching the game, and running the offense and coming off pick-and-rolls and making plays, whether that’s creating for one of the bigs or shooters or getting in the lane and finishing around the rim,” he said.
Numerous schools are involved for Ayala, including Kansas, Arizona, Maryland, UConn, Louisville, Indiana, Texas and N.C. State among those recruiting him. He remains undecided on whether he will reclass to 2017 or remain in ’18. He has already taken the SAT and the ACT, and is awaiting his ACT scores.
“We have about eight or nine games left in the season so I’m looking to make a decision after my season ends,” he said. “There’s a lot of different scenarios that I have to take [into consideration]. I’m just taking it one day at a time right now.”
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 and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.