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 — A slew of high-major college coaches were on hand at Basketball City for Day One of the first NCAA live period of 2017, but none made a bigger first impression than the new Georgetown coach.
Patrick Ewing, all 7 feet of him, made his recruiting debut on the Under Armor Association circuit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, not far from where he spent the bulk of his NBA career with the Knicks in the 1980s and ’90s. He wore a collared white shirt, a black leather jacket and a blue Georgetown baseball cap.
Ewing, who was hired April 3, is now looking to recruit a whole new generation of players, many of whom were born about the time he was wrapping up his career in the early 2000s.
Less than half an hour before the first game tipped on Friday night, Ewing landed his first recruit when Canadian point guard Jahvon Blair verbally committed to the Hoyas, as first reported by ZAGSBLOG.
“I’m excited to work with the entire coaching staff and play for Patrick Ewing Sr. ” Blair Tweeted.
Maryland added Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi on Thursday.
A 6-foot-9, 255-pound native of Kaduna, Nigeria, Obi finished his career at Duke after transferring from Rice University following his freshman campaign in 2014. Obi, who is set to earn his degree in sociology with a minor in marketing from Duke in May, plans to enroll in graduate school at Maryland in June.
“We are excited to welcome Sean to Maryland,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “As a graduate transfer, he brings high character, experience and maturity to our team. Sean is a good rebounder and gives us another physical presence inside. He is also a very good student. Sean is healthy and ready to contribute.”