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 ZAGORIATariq Francis, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Pittsburgh, will reclassify and enroll at NJIT for the 2023-24 season.
Francis, who played last season at First Love Christian Academy and runs with the NY Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit, had initially planned to spend next season at The Patrick School (N.J.).
“NJIT is a great program with a great coaching staff who embraced me from day one,” he said. “And I’m bringing a winning and tough mentality along with shot and playmaking ability who can also defend!”
Patrick School coach Chris Chavannes was an assistant at St. Patrick’s when current NJIT coach Grant Billmeier played there.
“Tarik is set to make an impact as a remarkable on-ball defender and shooter,” Chavannes said. “With his innate leadership skills, he is a natural leader that will be an invaluable asset to NJIT team.”
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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.