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Saturday / November 16.
  • Precious Achiuwa takes first official to Kansas

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Precious Achiuwa, the 6-foot-9 Achiuwa forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, took his first official visit to Kansas on Monday night and was courtside as the Jayhawks beat Kansas State, 64-49.

    Kansas is one of several schools recruiting the McDonald’s All-American, including North Carolina, UConn, St. John’s and Memphis. His only other official slated at the moment is to UNC on March 9 for the Duke game.

    Kansas assistant Norm Roberts is recruiting Achiuwa, whose mentor, Oz Cross, was on the staff under Roberts at St. John’s.

    “For a very long time, they hit me up from time-to-time,” he said at the Hoophall Classic. “We talk and I think Kansas has been there for a very long time.”

    Legendary Montverde coach Kevin Boyle, who has coached more top-3 NBA Draft picks since 2011 than any coach outside of Mike Krzyzewski,  has ideas on what Achiuwa needs to work on.

    “Obviously, he’s got a tremendous physique,” Boyle said. “He’s learning to play a little bit in that wing type of position where he’s getting comfortable. My biggest message to him is your ticket to trying to make it is being a great defender and a great rebounder and then keep improving your perimeter skills, which are good for his age and his size. When you talk about that [NBA] level, they’re not yet good enough for that level. Most guys aren’t.”

    He added: “I think Precious has a chance to be a really, really good player but to be versatile good pro player he needs to be a stat guy that has 12 points, 8 rebounds and a steal and one of the best defenders on a good team. And getting in the gym and working on his shot, and not trying to handle the ball too much and over-handle.”

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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.