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.
Five-star Montverde Academy big man Derik Queen down to 4 schools
By ADAM ZAGORIADerik Queen, the five-star Class of 2024 big man from Montverde (FL) Academy, is down to four schools.
The 6-foot-10 big man from Maryland is considering Houston, Indiana, Kansas, and Maryland, he told Joe Tipton.
Queen is rated the No. 3 center in his class by 247Sports.com.
Head coaches from both Indiana and Maryland visited Queen at Montverde this past week to make one final recruiting pitch.
Montverde coach Kevin Boyle initially said that he expected Queen to announce on Friday, but Queen later Tweeted he would not announce then.
“Derik Queen is the high school version of The Joker [Nikola Jokic] with his ability to not be the most athletic guy, but he’s really skilled,” Boyle said.
“For the high school level, he’s a very skilled player as a passer, with his post moves. He’s almost a throwback player because he’s a really smart player. And as his body develops in the next 12-24 months, I think he’s going to be a really good college player and then there’s obviously things he’s going to have to do to become a consistent NBA player.
“But I think he’s going to end up having a really productive career. He’s starting to learn how to work harder. It’s taken him some time, but each year he’s learned to work harder, each year he’s gotten his body better and he’s just keep going on that path.
“He’s made great progress each year he’s been here, and he’s definitely one of the best big kids in high school basketball right now.”
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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.