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 Matas Buzelis picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky during his visit for Wednesday’s Western Kentucky game.
The 6-foot-10 Brewster (N.H.) Academy forward attended the game with fellow Class of 2023 star Isaiah Miranda of Rhode Island Elite.
Kentucky’s John Calipari and Orlando Antiguawatched Buzelis and teammate Taylor Bol Bowen last month at the National Prep Showcase in New Haven.
“It shows how talented I am, I guess, but I still have a lot of work to do,” Buzelis said after going for 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, two blocks and four turns in a 69-63 loss to Fork Union Military (VA).
Buzelis, of Lithuanian descent, is ranked the No. 2 small forward in 2023 by 247Sports.com. He has offers from a slew of schools, including Duke, and has drawn comparisons to various NBA players, including Gonzaga freshmah Chet Holmgren and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
“Matas is definitely an NBA player – could be like Doncic,” one high-major head coach said.
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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.