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Sunday / July 25.
  • Class of ’22 guard Zion Cruz talks Auburn visit, future plans

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Zion Cruz, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from The Patrick School (N.J.) and the PSA Cardinals AAU program, took an official visit to Auburn last weekend before competing in the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp.

    “The visit was great, I had great time,” he said. “They want me to come in and play right away.”

    Auburn assistant Ira Bowman is a New Jersey native who starred at Seton Hall Prep, and the school has recruited tough Garden State guards in the past, most recently one-and-done point guard Sharife Cooper, a Newark native.

    Ranked the No. 4 combo guard in the Class of 2022 per 247Sports.com, Cruz is planning two other visits as well.

    “I will be visiting Oregon and UNC,” he said, adding that the dates are tentative.

    After the Auburn visit, Cruz competed at Pangos, where he was selected to the Top 30 Cream of the Crop game.

    After competing in the Rider Team Camp this weekend (June 12), Cruz and his Patrick School teammates will compete at the June Live events at The Hun School (weekend of 6/18) and Blair Academy (weekend of 6/25).

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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.