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Four-star wing Al Amadou eyeing visits to Georgia Tech, St. John’s
By ADAM ZAGORIABLAIRSTOWN, N.J. — Al Amadou, the 6-foot-9, 195-pound four-star small forward from Chestnut Hill Academy (PA) and the Philly Pride, will begin to narrow down his list of schools later this summer.
St. John’s, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Miami and VCU are among the schools pursuing the athletic multi-facted wing who is ranked the No. 18 power forward in the Class of 2023 247Sports.com Compositie.
“I’m planning on [visiting] Georgia Tech and St. John’s,” Amadou, who was born in West Philadelphia to a mother from the Ivory Coast and a father from Mali, said Friday at the Mid-Atlantic Independent School Team Camp at Blair Academy. “Maybe Georgia Tech in July, St. John’s in September.”
St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson and assistant Van Macon were both at Blair, as were Marquette’s Shaka Smart and Cody Hatt.
He broke down several options:
St. John’s: “They up and down, they play the passing lanes, they fast, just run the floor. It’s position-less, so I’ll be the 3, 4, 5, plus I can guard anybody on the floor. So they’ll just have me everywhere.”
Marquette: “They need a skilled a 3 and 4, somebody to play the wing, run the floor, put-back dunks. Be able to catch and shoot, put the ball on the floor, stuff like that.”
Georgia Tech: “Same thing pretty much. They want somebody versatile because I feel like I can do anything coach can ask me to. Put me on anywhere on the floor.”
He added: “When I’m playing well, iIm talking to everybody defensively, getting stops, [making] catch-and-shoot threes, keeping it simple and rebounding at a high rate.”
As for a timetable on a decision, Amadou said, “I’m planning to make a decision at the end of the year.”
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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.