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.
Patrick School Reloading With Taylor, Bezhanishvili
After winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title and losing six seniors to Division 1 programs, The Patrick School is reloading.
Atiba Taylor, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Hackensack (N.J.) High and the Sports U AAU program, has enrolled at the Hillside school, his father told ZAGSBLOG, adding that Taylor will then spend a year at prep school in 2018-19.
“I will be reclassifying into the 2019 class,” Taylor previously told ZAGSBLOG.
Taylor holds offers from Kansas State, St. Joe’s, Temple and Monmouth. His father said UConn also offered “but is interested for the 2019 class.”
Meantime, the Celtics went international by adding 6-10 senior Giorgi Bezhanishvili of Austria.
The program also returns rising senior forward Valdir Manuel and rising junior guard Al-Amir Dawes.
The Patrick School sent six players to D-1 programs last year: Walker, Nick Richards (Kentucky), Jamir Harris (Minnesota), Marcus McClary (Monmouth), Buay Koka and Bul Ajang (Tulane).
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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.