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 ZAGORIA
Rhode Island has landed a commitment from junior college wing Devale “DJ” Johnson.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Johnson averaged 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks at Williston State College, while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc.
“I chose Rhode Island because on my visit it felt like home and it was a tight–knit family environment,” he said. “The entire staff was great. It’s the best place to help me develop and become not only a better player but a better student and man.
“Rhode Island wins. Coach [David] Cox is winner and with the talent already on the team, plus what I bring, we will win.”
Johnson also visited St. John’s, St. Joe’s and Albany.
“I’ll compete night in and night out,” he said. “I can knock down shots, rebound and defend at a high level.”
He joins shooting guard Gregory Hammond and wings Mehki Long and Jacob Toppin in Rhody’s 2019 class.
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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.