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Sunday / July 5.
  • Miami (Ohio) transfer Nike Sibande breaks down his top five

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Nike Sibande is in the transfer portal and is down to five schools.

    The 6-foot-4 guard from Miami (Ohio) is considering Alabama, Arkansas, Georgetown, Georgia and Xavier. He averaged 13.9, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season as a junior. He would have to sit one season unless he gets a waiver.

    He broke down his top five for ZAGSBLOG:

    Xavier:
    “Xavier is a school in my top 5 because I’ve always liked their team and how they played and I have known one of their players Paul Scruggs for a long time and we have been playing together since we were kids, so the possibility of that being able to happen again is one of the reasons why Xavier remains in my top 5. Also, it’s close to home and near family.”

    Georgia:
    “Georgia is another school that is in my top 5. For one I have always been a fan of Tom Crean. He’s a legend, and I like the type of coach he is. He is big on developing his players and taking them to that next level. He is also big on building relationships both on and off the court, for him it’s not just about being a team but a family and I could relate to that”

    Georgetown
    “Georgetown is another school in my top 5 one because I’m a fan of their style of play. And having relationships with players who were once on the team and hearing them talk about the coach, coaching staff and just team as a whole it definitely seems like a place that I can rock with. Also just having the opportunity to work with a legendary coach like Patrick Ewing.”

    Alabama:
    “Alabama is another SEC school in my top 5. Like some of the other schools in my top five I really like the way they play ball, how they push the ball in transition. I like coach [Nate] Oats and his coaching style and how he goes about in setting up his team.”

    Arkansas:
    “Arkansas is another SEC school in my top 5. For one I’m a fan of their offensive scheme and how [coach Eric] Musselman believes in his players. I like how he takes the time to develop his players to get them to that next level.”

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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.