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.
Kansas scored a huge commit Wednesday when Silvio De Sousa of IMG Academy (FL) pledged to the Jayhawks following a visit last weekend.
“When I was there in Kansas, I couldn’t even express myself or how I was feeling,” De Sousa told the Journal-World. “When you love something, there’s no way you will describe it. I knew about their basketball but I didn’t know about the campus, the coaches and stuff like that. I felt like that was the place I wanted to be, the culture and the coaches were so great around me. That’s one of the things I’ve been looking for and I found that in them.”
The 6-foot-8 Class of 2018 forward has a tremendous motor and and gets up and down the court in a hurry. He’s also great in the post and near the basket.
“[I can] rebound, score, I’m really good at scoring the ball,” he told me last fall. “All I have to do is improve on my handle, my jump shot and everything else will come after that.”
As it turns out, Sidney Wilson will never play a game for St. John’s.
The 6-foot-7 wing from The Bronx who spent last season at prep power Brewster (N.H.) Academy after transferring from St. Raymond’s High School will transfer from the program before his freshman season. He must sit out the 2017-18 season and will be blocked from transfering to a Big East school, a source said.
“A lot has happened in my life over the last few years,” Wilson said in a release. “These factors played a large part in my decision to stay close to home, but unfortunately I recently realized it was not what is best for me at this time to manage adversity in my life.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that St. John’s provided me and for the support of Coach Mullin and the rest of the staff throughout this difficult process,” said Wilson. “In order for me to grow as a person and basketball player, I feel that I need to begin something new to explore what is next in my life. Although I know the grass isn’t always greener, this is a risk I am willing to take for personal reasons.”
Back in the fall of 2015, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and his staff made a bold move.
They brought five young players from the New Jersey-based Sports U AAU program to campus and made a collective offer to the “Fab Five” of Naz Reid, Louis King, Luther Muhammad, Jahvon Quinerly and Atiba Taylor.
“They want to try to get all five guys,” Sports U coach Brian Colemantold me when the offer was made. “They feel like if they could get these guys that play together to stay home, it would be great for their state, it would be great for their team because they’d have a group of guys that are familiar with each other and they’re kind of looking at them as kind of like the next Michigan Fab Five.”
Fast-forward two years and not only are the “Fab Five” all going in different directions, but none of them are likely to wind up at Seton Hall.