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.
Iona has landed a pledge from Eastern Kentucky transfer Asante Gist, who will enroll now and be eligible in December.
Gist said associate head coach Jared Grasso believes he can play a Momo Jones type role in their up-tempo offense.
“Just the system and I wanted to get back closer to home,” the 5-foot-10, 180-pound East Orange, N.J. said. “They have guys playing overseas and in the NBA, they really sold me on that. Coach [Tim] Cluess really reminds of coach [Bob] Hurley. It felt like a family. I felt very welcome and I can play my game and show what I can do on the court.”
The former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and St. Anthony’s standout averaged 15.9 points and 3.8 assists per game as a freshman but was hobbled by a right ankle injury and played in just six games as a sophomore, averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 assists. He could obtain a medical waiver to play at the start of the 2018-19 season.
“We’re trying to get a waiver for me to start at the beginning of next year,” he said, adding that he’s currently doing rehab on it.
Gist is the only player in New Jersey history to win the prestigious Tournament of Champions with two different schools.
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.