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.
Things are happening at DePaul.
Dave Leitao’s on Monday landed a pledge from Tyger Campbell, the 6-foot Class of 2019 point guard La Lumiere (IN) School. Campbell, ranked the No. 6 point guard in that class, is attempting to reclassify into 2018. He also considered UNLV, Michigan State, Tennessee and Alabama.
“Their sell was they were honest with me,” Campbell told ESPN. “They haven’t had some great seasons in the past. They want me to come in and be the guy. Lead the team, bring DePaul basketball back.
“I really liked coach Leitao, seems like a great guy. He’s very wise and very knowledgeable. And Chicago itself, it’s a great city. I got to see it.”
The commitment follows DePaul’s hiring of former La Lumiere coach Shane Heirman as an assistant.
“It was a really big deal,” Campbell told ESPN. “I look up to him off the court. He’s such a great guy and I know he has my back. We’ve been through a lot the last two years, on the court, off the court. It played a big part.”
There is some speculation that DePaul now may also land 2017 wing Brian Bowen, who won the Dick’s Sporting Goods national championship in April alongside Campbell and under Heirman.
Bowen is now listing Arizona, Creighton, Michigan State, N.C. State and Texas, but said he’s heard from other schools, including Oregon.
“I’m probably gonna be in his ear,” Campbell said.
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.