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.
Class of 2019 wing Jaelyn Withers picking up offers
By ADAM ZAGORIAJaelyn Withers, the 6-foot-9, 212-pound wing from Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg and the Team Loaded NC AAU program, has picked up several high-major offers in recent days.
“The latest to offer were Louisville, Pittsburgh, Providence, and UConn,” Withers said Wednesday. Three of those programs have new coaches — Louisville (Chris Mack), Pittsburgh (Jeff Capel) and UConn (Dan Hurley).
Still, he said Virginia, Florida and Louisville “have been in touch the most.”
Withers was the second leading scorer last weekend at the D.C. Adidas Gauntlet event, averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Withers has taken “a couple” unofficial visits to local schools Clemson and N.C. State.
He still hopes to hear from reigning NCAA champion Villanova, as well as Kentucky, Duke and Kansas.
“I’m waiting on a couple more schools to call,” he said.
Withers plans to trim his list later this summer.
“My list will probably slim down after this summer,” he said.
Wherever he goes, he hopes to be a multifaceted player.
“I have an all-around game that some under appreciate but I can score,p ass, and I’m working on defending at a college ready level,” he 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.
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