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.
By ADAM ZAGORIANEW YORK — Duke is getting some recruiting done while here to play St. John’s in “The Garf” game at Madison Square Garden.
After watching Class of 2019 point guard Cole Anthony of Archbishop Molloy on Friday night, Duke attracted several other Class of 2019 stars to the game Saturday.
Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine of the Ranney (N.J.) School and Kofi Cockburn of Christ the King all sat courtside.
The 6-foot-11 Cockburn, ranked No. 39 in the 2019 ESPN 60, is being recruited hard by St. John’s, South Carolina and Cincinnati, among others. Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel also watched Cockburn on Friday in addition to Anthony when Christ the King beat Molloy, 64-61.
The 6-5 Lewis is still planning to trim his college list to about half a dozen schools by May, but also plans on adding at least one school to the mix.
“I cut my list to 12 schools, I’m hoping to cut it [again] to around six or seven in May,” Lewis said at the Hoophall Classic. “I’m going to be adding Notre Dame back into my recruitment list after taking them out of my 12. So that’s one of the biggest things that recently just happened.”
Ranked No. 8 by ESPN, the 6-foot-5 Lewis currently lists St. John’s, Duke, Seton Hall, Maryland, Villanova, Stanford, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Harvard, North Carolina and Colgate.
Lewis listed Kentucky, Duke, Florida, Villanova and Harvard among those most consistent in his recruitment.
Ranked No. 7 by ESPN, Antoine is being courted by Duke, Kentucky, Florida, Villanova, Harvard and Rutgers, among others, but has yet to issue a list.
The two Class of 2019 stars have repeatedly said they may attend school together.
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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.
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