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.
New York City guard Cam Estevez commits to Rhode Island
By ZACH SMART
Following a summer in which he solidified his status as a clutch shot-maker and heady lead guard, 6-foot-4 Class of 2023 guard Cam Estevez of the Riverside Hawks and the Canterbury School (CT) committed to Rhode Island on Monday.
The Harlem native cited a tight relationship with Rams first year head coach Archie Miller and assistant coach Duane Woodard as a vital factor keying his decision.
Rhode Island’s uptempo attack and the freedom they give their guards also intrigued Estevez, who chose the A-10 program over St. Bonaventure, Mississippi State, VCU, University of Central Florida, and Miami (Oh.);
Feeling wanted and feeling like a key piece required to help return URI to prominence in the A-10, Estevez said Rhode Island’s persistent pursuit of him helped him finalize a decision.
“They called me every day and texted me every day, I got to develop a great relationship with coach Archie Miller and coach Duane Woodard,” Estevez said.
“Their style of play definitely fit…They checked all of the boxes.”
Estevez showed his ability to commandeer an offense and put his stamp on games with timely scoring this summer. Playing for the Riverside Hawks, he raised his profile on the high major market.
Riverside Hawks coach Karriem Memminger says a natural flair for the end game is what differentiates Estevez, who will prolong his career at The Canterbury School (CT) this season.
“Cam’s a gamer and the bigger the stage, the bigger he plays,” Memminger said.
“He’s definitely a guy that Archie Miller wants to go to war with. He’s part of his first recruiting class at URI. Archie has won before in the A-10. He can play off the ball, he can play on the ball. It doesn’t matter, he’s still effective. It’s just his ability to be a true lead guard, that’s what makes this kid so unique.”
Estevez is Rhode Island’s fourth commit in 2023 along with shooting guard Connor Dubsky, small forward Adrian Myers and power forward KC Nwafor.Follow Zach Smart on TwitterFollow Adam Zagoria on TwitterFollow ZAGSBLOGHoops on InstagramAnd Like ZAGS on Facebook
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.