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 ZAGORIAJamari Sibley, the 6-foot-9, 180-pound forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), has committed to Georgetown, he told ZAGSBLOG.
“Just the best fit for me to grow as a man and as a player,” he said by phone. “And the relationships I have with the coaching staff.”
Ranked the No. 18 power forward in 2020 by 247Sports.com, Sibley visited Georgetown Oct. 4. He also visited Iowa and Minnesota.
“Jamari is a long, athletic forward who can play multiple positions,” legendary Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. “He can score it from three and off the bounce. He is an excellent rebounder and defender. We play Jamari on the front of our press and our 1-3-1 half- court defense. He leads our team in deflections and steals.”
In the end, Sibley’s belief in head coach Patrick Ewing was the difference because of his history working with big men and his “knowledge” of the game.
“He’s a great person that works with the guards, too,” Sibley said. “I can get the best of both.”
Georgetown also has point guard Dante Harris and power forward Terrance Williams committed in its 2020 class.
With the addition of Williams and the presence of 6-11 big man Qudus Wahab and 6-8 Jamorko Pickett, Sibley is looking forward to playing on the wing with the Hoyas.
“That’s good, I don’t have to play any big men, I can play on the wing, at the three” he said. “Just working on my handles and my shot and my play-making abilities.”
As for his goals at Georgetown, Sibley said, “Make the [NCAA] Tournament. I just want to bring a lot of attention to the team that’s good attention.”
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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.