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.
As he seeks to add to his incoming recruiting class, Kentucky coach John Calipari on Friday visited with Jemarl Baker, a 6-4 shooting guard from Los Angeles (CA) Theodore Roosevelt.
Baker recently obtained his release from Cal after the coaching change and now has a list of nine schools: Kentucky, Duke, Utah, Arizona, Marquette, Maryland, Oregon, Arizona State and San Diego State.
Utah’s Larry Krystowiak and Oregon’s Dana Altman were in on Thursday, and Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski is due on Sunday.
“Jemarl is one of the best guards in the country,” his AAU coach Ryan Silver said. “He’s a pure knock-down shooter and a proven winner with a tremendous upside.”
Kentucky has a five-man recruiting class that includes guards Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and remains in the mix for Tampa (FL) Catholic small forward Kevin Knox. Knox had narrowed his list to Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Florida State, but recently announced a visit this coming weekend to Missouri.
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.