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.
NEW YORK — At 6 feet, 10 inches and with a chiseled frame, Naz Reid looks the part of a future professional basketball player.
The Sports U and Roselle Catholic big man has lived up to his potential in the first live period of April, with Division 1 coaches raving about his basketball IQ and diverse skillset while playing at Basketball City on the Under Armor Association circuit.
“I feel like I’m playing alright, I could do better,” he told me on Saturday. “I could do better scoring-wise, but it will come.”
A literal Who’s Who of college programs are watching Reid and his Sports U teammates, including Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad, here this weekend. Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, St. John’s, Rutgers and Seton Hall are just some of the schools sitting courtside.
NEW YORK — Luther Muhammad and his Sports U teammates are going to be like The Beatles this spring and summer.
Crowds wherever they go.
The 6-foot-4 Muhammad had a slew of coaches watching him through the first two days of the Under Armour Association stop at Basketball City, including Notre Dame head man Mike Brey, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard and assistants from Butler, Cal, Cincinnati, Oregon and St. John’s.
The Hudson Catholic guard will take a visit to Notre Dame next week before the Under Armor stop in Indianapolis.
“Yeah, I’ll be out there,” he said. “I think I leave Thursday for it.”
NEW YORK — If anything is clear through two days of the Under Armor Association stop here at Basketball City, it’s that Jahvon Quinerly and his Sports U teammates are going to draw huge crowds all spring and summer.
Quinerly is in the conversation for the best point guard in the Class of 2018 and he’s looking to cut his list in the coming weeks.
“I’ll probably cut my list pretty soon,” the Hudson Catholic floor general said Saturday. “Within the next month and a half.”
He remains uncertain what he’ll cut it to, but said “5-7, something like that.”
Jontay Porter, the 6-foot-9 rising senior power forward, will take his official visit to Missouri on Monday and then make a decision about reclassifying, per Rivals.com.
Porter had initially verbally pledged to Washington for the Class of 2018, but Lorenzo Romar was fired and he re-opened his recruitment.
“My family and I thought it would be in my best interest to re-evaluate where I’m going to go in light of coaching changes at UW,” Porter said after he reopened his recruitment.
Michael Porter Sr., Porter’s father, is an assistant on Cuonzo Martin’s staff at Missouri, while his older brother Michael Porter Jr., will be a freshman at Mizzou. (For more on this, read the FanRagSports.com column.)