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.
2021 forward Zach Clemence wins MVP at Hoophall, updates recruitment
By ADAM ZAGORIASPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In a game that was supposed to showcase future pros like Makur Maker and Mike Foster, Zach Clemence stole the show.
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound junior forward from Sunrise Christian (KS) went for 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 6-of-7 from deep in a 91-48 rout at the Hoophall Classic.
Clemence’s performance came in front of North Carolina coach Roy Williams and assistants from Kansas, Texas Tech, Memphis and Vanderbilt, among others.
Clemence says he has no recruiting visits planned so far, but that Kansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are among those that have reached out.
“I just gotta sit down with my parents and go through about where I wanna go,” he said after winning MVP honors for his team.
Clemence was at Kansas for the famed “Late Night in the Phog” where Snoop Dogg stole the show.
“It was very special, if you want to put it that way,” he said. “Just Snoop Dogg and that whole thing was very special.”
Asked if he had any fake dollar bills shot at him, he said, “A couple, a couple.”
He’s also visited Texas and Baylor, but said “all of them” have prioritized him.
Meantime, Memphis assistant Mike Miller and Vanderbilt assistant David Grace were on hand as well.
Wherever he goes, he plans to be a “stretch-4. A do-it-all-type player. Rebound, push it, all that, hit 3-pointers.”
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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.