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.
Class of ’23 forward Brandon Gardner taking official to St. John’s for Villanova game
By ADAM ZAGORIABrandon Gardner, the 6-foot-7 forward from Word of God Christian (N.C.) and Team Thad (TN), begins his official visit to St. John’s on Monday and will attend the Villanova game Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
“They play very fast pace and that’s exactly how I play and they’re a defensively strong team,” Gardner told ZAGSBLOG. “And that’s pretty much me.”
St. John’s offered Gardner Dec. 29. He also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, N.C. State, Kansas, Maryland, Auburn and Memphis among others.
Ranked by 247Sports.com as the No. 6 power forward and No. 47 overall prospect in the Class of 2023, Gardner averaged 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game during the 2020-21 season.
“My role on my team is to protect the rim, block shots and rebound,” he said. “Although I have a bag, I believe most schools recruit me because of those skills that I have but they also know there’s more to me. I have a knock down jumper!!”
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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.