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.
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By ADAM ZAGORIA
Duke added to the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation on Monday when Cassius Stanley, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Sierra Canyon (CA), verbally committed to the Blue Devils via a video release.
Stanley chose Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA. He followed 6-8 power forward Matthew Hurt, who pledged to Duke on Friday.
Duke’s five-man recruiting class ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.com also includes guard Boogie Ellis, wing Wendell Moore and big man Vernon Carey Jr.
“Cassius Stanley is a premier athlete with great perimeter skills,” Reggie Morris, who coached Stanley with Team Whynot on the Nike EYBL circuit, told FloHoops.com. “He is a big-time competitor and all he does is win. And for as much attention as he has had at a young age, he’s one of the best young men I have had the privilege to coach.
“He will come in from day one and be able to make plays for himself and others. He’s a great rebounder from the guard position and can defend multiple positions.”
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.