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.
Gregory Calixte, a 6-foot-9 senior post player from Mount Vernon High School and the NY Rens AAU program, verbally pledged to George Mason on Wednesday.
Calixte also considered St. Bonaventure, and visited Quinnipiac and UAB in the fall.
“He’s fantastic young man who will be an asset to his college,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “He’s a hard worker and extremely loyal.”
Said Rens coach Dwayne Murray: “He’s a true 6-9, college-ready body. He has good timing on the blocks, is an effective passer out of the post, has very good pivots in the post and is extremely coachable.
“His offensive abilities will increase in the college ranks.”
With his commitment and that of guard Noah Morgan on Tuesday to FDU, the Rens now have seven Division 1 commits in 2017: Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), Jordan Nwora (Louisville), Jose Alvarado (Georgia Tech), Samson George (Iona), Jake Klores (Columbia), Morgan and Calixte. Jordan Tucker remains uncommitted.
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.