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.
NBA scouts checking in on Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman
By ADAM ZAGORIA
NBA scouts have been in constant attendance at Hofstra games this year.
The Spurs, Timberwolves, Celtics, Wizards, Nets, Kings and Clippers have been through Hofstra to watch senior guard Justin Wright-Foreman.
“They love his scoring abiilty and how he has improved as a playmaker,” Hofstra assistant Mike Farrelly told ZAGSBLOG. “He’s one of the best in the country at making plays off ball screens.”
The 6-foot-2 Wright-Foreman was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week on Monday after he averaged 32 points, five assists and five rebounds per contest in leading Hofstra to a 1-1 week.
He went off for 37 points in a win over Cal State Fullerton, a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago. He added a game-high six assists and five rebounds and fell just three points shy of tying the Mack Sports Complex scoring record.
Wright-Foreman followed that up by going for 27 points, five rebounds and four assists in an overtime loss at VCU. His 27 points led all scorers and he was tops on the Pride in assists as well.
This season he is averaging 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per outing. He is the only player in the nation averaging at least 25 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.
The NBA scouts are also intrigued by 6-5 junior Eli Pemberton, Farrelly said, because he’s a ‘3-and-D’ guy who’s averaging 17.2 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 42 percent from deep.
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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.