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 ZAGORIARick Pitino and his staff continue to build their team for the 2020-21 season and beyond.
The Gaels on Monday landed a verbal commitment from Ryan Myers, the 6-foot shooting guard from New York power Christ the King.
Myers averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season.
“Coach Rick Pitino and [assistant] Tom Abatemarco were genuine as they recruited me,” Myers said. “They took time to speak with my mom and others important to me in my life and I believe that what they have to offer will help not only on the basketball court but in life in general.”
He added: “I’ll bring play-making, scoring, and leadership even though I’ll only be a freshman next year.”
Myers also considered Fordham.
“He’s a loyal, hard-working tough defender who can really shoot it,” CTK coach Joe Arbitello said. “Plus, he’s a great student-athlete.
“He was the MVP of the city championship last year. In that game there was a kid going to NC and Duke. I think that speaks to how great of a player and competitor he is. He will help put Iona on the map with tri-state recruits.”
Myers is Pitino’s second commit at Iona, following junior college guard Tahlik Chavez. Photo: James Horan
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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.