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 ZAGORIALester Quinones, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard from IMG Academy, has settled on his seven final schools.
Quinones lists Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, LSU, Georgia, Memphis and Ohio State.
“All seven schools are great situations for me,” he said. “I feel these are the seven that can help me get to where I want to be and now it’s a matter of who fits me more than the other. None of these are bad situations, it’s just which is a better situation.”
He broke down each school for ZAGSBLOG:Michigan: “Coach [John] Beilein and I have come to have a good relationship. He and coach [Luke] Yaklich have been telling me I’m their main target in this class and really want me.”
Maryland: “Coach [Mark] Turgeon and the whole staff were at my game [Saturday] and Coach [Kevin] Broadus was at both games. My relationships with both of those coaches has been great and my family has a great relationship with them. I had a great official visit and so did my parents.”
LSU: “Coach [Will] Wade and I are very close as well as coach [Billy] Armstrong. My parents and I have come to really like them and we had a great time on the official visit.”
Memphis: “Coach [Mike] Miller and I have been texting for some time and that’s my guy! I’m gonna plan a visit to them real soon! I have a great relationship with him and [head coach] Penny Hardaway.”Indiana: “They are kind of new in my recruitment but coach [Archie] Miller is a great coach and Indiana is a great program!”
Georgia: “Coach [Tom] Crean has been following me since 8th grade and I have a great relationship with him. He came down a couple times to practice and really loves my game.”
Ohio State: “Coach [Chris] Holtmann and I have a great relationship and as well as with coach [Ryan] Pedon. They are a great program and have great players there as well that fit my game.”
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.