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.
One day after visiting Louisville, Class of 2019 stars Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis visited Kentucky along with teammate Alex Klatsky.
The 6-foot-5 Lewis is ranked No. 13 on the 2019 ESPN 25, while the 6-4 Antoine is No. 14.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was not present for the visit but assistants Tony Barbee and Joel Justus were on hand.
Their message, Antoine said, was “That Coach Cal clearly breeds NBA-caliber type players and that he gets them ready for the NBA.
“But the part that got me was the academic part of it, all of Cal’s guys have graduated and they are very strict on academics, too. They don’t play around and they help you educationally. To have the athletics at an all-time high, and then have the academics also at an all-time high, you can’t go wrong with that.”
Calipari has maintained a pipeline of some of the most talented players to come out of New Jersey, from Dajuan Wagner at Memphis to Dakari Johnson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Briscoe and Nick Richards at Kentucky.
“Whether it’s Louisville or Kentucky, they are saw a different view of college sports than they see in the New York area,” Team Rio director Brian Klatsky said. “No pro sports [in Kentucky] makes the experience very unique at either school. They were recognized in restaurants and in public in both Lexington and Louisville. [Rick] Pitino and Calipari are both great options that interest both of them.”
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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.