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 ZAGORIASadiku Ibine Ayo , the 6-foot-5 wing from Our Savior Lutheran and the New Heights Lightning AAU program, committed to Iona Wednesday following an official visit last weekend.
“It felt like home and where I belong,” he said.
He also held offers from Seton Hall, St. John’s and Auburn, among others.
“Sadiku is the most unselfish and underrated player ever to come through our Lightning program,” said coach Shandue McNeil. “He’s one of the best 2-way players in the country.”
A strong, physical 2-way player, Ayo competed at the Peach Jam this summer, helping to lead the Lightning to the quarterfinals.
Under coach Rick Pitino, he should continue to improve and develop and could prove to be a major steal for the MAAC program.
His Our Savior and Lightning teammate, Jaquan Sanders, committed to St. John’s two weeks ago.
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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.