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.
Four-star guard Wesley Yates commits to Washington
By ADAM ZAGORIAWesley Yates, the 6-foot-4 four-star guard from Beaumont (TX) United, committed to Washington on Wednesday.
Ranked the No. 2 shooting guard nationally by 247Sports.com, Yates also held offers from Auburn, Texas, LSU, and Stanford, among others. He previously visited those five schools.
Other programs like Gonzaga, Baylor, Houston, and Arkansas also made Yates’ final-nine back in August.
“The connections that I made with the coaches from day one felt REAL,” Yates told On3. “They kept it real with me throughout the whole process and I have family on the staff [his cousin Quincy Pondexter] and in Washington so I felt real comfortable with making my decision to attend that school. I feel like with all the pros that those group of coaches has worked with that they will develop me into a pro.”
He added: “They’re getting a bonafide bucket. A player that has a true love for the game and will work his hardest to bring wins to the program. A player that comes from a winning background and one that will be a leader on and off the floor.”
Yates, who averaged 15.3 points per game this summer on the EYBL circuit, is the first commit for coach Mike Hopkins and his staff in 2023.
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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.