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.
Kentucky offers Class of ’23 Gill St. Bernard’s forward Mackenzie Mgbako
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Under coach John Calipari, Kentucky has a long history of recruiting New Jersey’s top players, from Dakari Johnson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Karl-Anthony Towns to Isaiah Briscoe to Lance Ware.
Now the Wildcats are once again involved with several of the top Class of 2023 propsects from the Garden State, including D.J. Wagner of Camden and Mackenzie Mgbako of Gill St. Bernard’s. Both players run with the NJ Scholars on the Nike EYBL circuit.
After visiting Wagner last Thursday, Calipari and Orlando Antigua met with the the 6-foot-8 Mgbako and offered him a scholarship, according to Andrew Slater.
“Coach Antigua and I have a really good relationship and we’ve been talking for almost a year now,” he told 247sports.com. “His message has just been that Kentucky is a really good place to be and a place for me and that I will be very successful if I go there.”
The busy week continues as UNC’s Hubert Davis and Jeff Lebo come in for Mgbako on Tuesday, while Jon Scheyer and the entire Duke staff are expected Thursday after Mgbako took an unofficial visit to campus earlier this month.
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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.