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 ZAGORIAKeanu Dawes, the 6-foot-9 forward from Houston (TX) Stratford, is headed to Rice University.
Ranked the No. 27 power forward in the Class of 2023 by 247Sports.com, he chose Rice and coach Scott Pera over Utah, Texas A&M and BYU.
“I will be going to Rice,” he told ZAGSBLOG ahead of his public announcement.
“I just feel like they will help develop me and get me to the league with the plan they have better than anyone else. Their message is that I can come in and make an immediate impact and play right anyway and help do some pretty big things that the school hasn’t done before.”
Dawes is Rice’s first commit in 2023.
“As a player at 6’9 and still growing he’s hasn’t reached his ceiling,” said his AAU coach Jeremy Peters. “His skillset is dribble,pass and shoot.”
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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.