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Friday / June 21.
  • Class of 2021 big man Trey James breaks down recruitment

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Trey James, the 6-foot-10, 240-pound big man from Sheldon Clark (KY) High School, hopes to narrow his college list in the coming weeks.

    James, who averaged 14.6 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game last season, decommitted from Wake Forest in April after coach Danny Manning was fired. He is ranked the No. 4 center in the Class of 2021 and the No. 26 center nationally, per 247Sports.com.

    The NCAA is currently imposing a recruiting dead period through the end of August, and James is waiting to see if he can visit some campuses in the fall.

    “I still haven’t made my mind up,” James said. “I’ll probably wait about a month before I start to narrow it down. I’d like see if the NCAA is going to open campus again so I could make a couple visits if possible.”

    James said Iowa, Iona and Appalachian State are currently working the hardest in his recruitment, with Elon, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech and Marquette among those also involved. Marquette has yet to offer.

    He broke down his top suitors:

    Iowa: “Coach [Fran] McCaffery and Coach [Billy] Taylor have conducted zoom calls, text and phone calls. We did a virtual tour of the university and facilities as well as watched film to demonstrate their offense and how I fit their system of play. They like how I compete on both ends of the court . Iowa is known for utilizing their bigs and they believe I can have an impact and fit the style of play and system.”

    Iona: “Coach [Rick] Pitino and Coach [Tommy] Abatemarco stay in contact with me daily. They like how hard I play and they believe they can help develop my game. They want to win a National Championship and they believe I can help them lift Iona to new heights.”

    Appalachian State: “I am in contact with Coach [Bob] Szorc daily and Coach [Dustin] Kerns throughout the week. We’ve done a virtual tour of the university and facilities and zoom calls. They like that I am a traditional big and comfortable with that role.”

    Elon: “I have done a virtual tour of the facilities and have another Zoom scheduled this week. I stay in contact with Coach [Mike] Schrage and Coach [Jonathan] Holmes throughout the week. They have watched a lot of film and like how I compete on both ends.”

    Eastern Kentucky: “Coach [AW] Hamilton offered last fall and confirmed his offer stands once I decommitted from Wake Forest. They think I can be an impact player in the OVC.”

    Tennessee Tech: “Coach [John] Pelphrey just recently began recruiting me and offered [Tuesday]. Over the past week, they have been in contact quite a bit. Coach Pelphrey said he has watched a lot of film and likes my game.”

    Marquette: “Coach [Jake] Presutti reached out shortly after I decommitted from Wake Forest. We have done a virtual tour of the facilities and Zoom call. They have watched my game film and have stayed in touch regularly. My parents and I are doing a zoom call this week with Coach [Steve] Wojciechowski and the coaching staff.”

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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.

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