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 ZAGORIAMarvel Allen, the No. 28-ranked prospect in the class of 2023, committed to LSU Friday night.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard from Calvary Christian (FL) Academy, chose LSU over Georgia, Ohio State, Arizona State, Memphis, Maryland, Alabama and Kansas. He is ranked the No. 6 point guard in the class of 2023,
“They have a great coaching staff,” he told ZAGSBLOG recently. “Coach (Will) Wade is really passionate about the game. You can tell how hard he works. Preparing for games, I was able to see that. The players all have great relationships with the coaches. They produce pros. They have a great alumni system.”
Allen, who is LSU’s first 2023 commit, is looking to play right away.
“I want to come in as a freshman and take over,” he said before his commitment. “The coaches have been keeping a relationship with me, but now I’m big on them talking to my parents and building a relationship with my parents.”
Allen considers himself a ‘bucket-getter’ whot can also get his teammates involved.
“I can do it all, from scoring at three levels and defending at 94-feet,” he said. “You’re going to get an all-around game on the offensive and defensive end then you’re going to get a great teammate also.”
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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.