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
DePaul on Thursday landed a pledge from three-star 7-footer Babacar Mbengue of Olympus Prep (N.J.).
“Coach (Tony) Stubblefied is good for me and I can show my talent and give them the best of my talent every game,” Mbengue told ZAGSBLOG.
Ranked the No. 19 center nationally by 247Sports.com, the 7-footer also held offers from USC, DePaul, Utah, Kansas State and Ole Miss, per 247Sports.com.
“DePaul is getting a legit 7’0 kid that can move, is good defensively and has improving offense,” said his AAU coach Taj Hawkins of New World.. “He has a great attitude, wants to learn and his potential is off the charts.”
He is DePaul’s first commit in 2023.
“I want to show them the 7-footer is in the building, doing what I have to do,” Mbengue 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.