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 ZAGORIAJalen Hood-Schifino, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Montverde (FL) Academy and Team Thad, has committed to Indiana.
Ranked the No. 3 combo guard in the 247Sports Composite, Hood-Schifino also considered Tennessee after cutting Florida, Texas and Memphis.
“I chose Indiana because when you know, you know,” Hood-Schifino told On3.com. “Coach [Mike] Woodson was successful at the NBA level and I think it’ll translate to the collegiate level. He recruited me as a point guard and wants me to run his team.”
“I think he and I can turn this program back around.”
Montverde Academy (FL) coach Kevin Boyle, who just had seven former players taken in the NBA Draft, said Indiana is getting a tremendous on-ball defender who is learning to play the point.
“He’s a great player worker and leader,” Boyle said. “I think he is the nation’s best on-ball defender and has become outstanding at making decisions using a ball screen. He will immediately impact winning [at Indiana].”
He joins point guard C.J. Gunn and small forward Kaleb Banks in Indiana’s 2022 class.
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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.