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 ZAGORIA
On the eve of the NCAA Early Signing Period, St. John’s has landed a commitment from O’Mar Stanley, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Link Year Prep (MO).
Ranked the No. 44 center in 2021 per 247Sports.com, Stanley also held offers from Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri State, Milwaukee, UNC-Greensboro, Tulsa, and Austin Peay. He plans to sign his NLI on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.
“Just the family and relationship part of it really intrigued me,” he said by text of why he chose St. John’s. “They also emphasized player development and I couldn’t turn that down. I will bring hard work and rim-running and versatility.”
One source called him a “tough, physical forward who scores around the hoop and rebounds it. He can hit an occasional 3.”
He joins Long Island Lutheran small forward Drissa Traore and point guard Rafael Pinzon in St. John’s 2021 class.
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.