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 ZAGORIAJayden Quaintance, the five-star big man from Word of God Academy (NC), announced his commitment to Kentucky on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9, 16-year-old big man also considered Missouri.
“They have had a lot of success with previous draft picks,” he previously told On3.com of Kentucky. “They’ve had guard success, but they’ve had good success with bigs, a lot more than other colleges.
“Coach John Calipari has been showing a lot of love, and Coach Chin (Coleman), too. Coach Cal has already come to Word of God twice to see me. We’ve been able to build a good relationship.”
He joins four star point guard Travis Perry, five-star point guard Boogie Fland and four-star big manSomto Cyril in Kentucky’s 2024 class, now ranked No. 2 nationally by 247Sports.com.
Kentucky also remains alive for five-star guard V.J. Edgecombe of Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) and five-star wing Billy Richmond of Camden (N.J.).
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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.