Adam Zahn Signs NLI with Oregon Men's Basketball
May 4, 2002
EUGENE - Oregon men's basketball head coach Ernie Kent announced Saturday that Adam Zahn, a 6-8, 225-lbs., forward from Redondo Beach, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Ducks next season.
'We are very excited to get Adam into our program,' said Kent. 'He brings a new dimension to our team that we don't have, in that he's an athletic big guy who can run the floor.'
Zahn averaged 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a senior in earning all-CIF Division 2A first team honors at Redondo Union High School. Coached by Tom Maier, he led his team to a 24-7 record in 2001-02 as Redondo Union advanced to the Southern California regional semifinals. As a junior, Zahn averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and six blocks per game as Redondo went 28-1.
Respected recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons ranked Zahn among his top 100 seniors nationally. '(Zahn) has nice size and a good touch from the perimeter,' wrote Bob Gibbons All Star Report correspondent Rob Matera. 'He's a hard worker and a solid weakside rebounder...has some potential as a combo forward because of his ability to shoot the ball.'
Other recruiting services took notice of Zahn as well. FansOnly.com gave him a rating of 'super prospect.' Hoop Scoop ranked him as the 17th-best player in California. Prepspotlight.com ranked him among the top 40 power forwards in the nation. Last summer, Prep West Hoops listed Zahn fourth among 'rising power forwards' on the West Coast.
Zahn, the son of Chet and Cathy Zahn and who's older brother Andrew plays for Arizona, is also a good student with a 3.0 prep grade point average.
He will join three players Oregon signed in the fall - Jordan Kent of Eugene, Brandon Lincoln from Portland's Jefferson High School and Andre Joseph from Lee Junior College in Baytown, Texas.
'This recruiting class has some excellent athletes who should keep our program very well stocked for the next four or five years,' said Kent. 'This is a versatile group that can fill a lot of needs.'
Oregon graduated six seniors off the 2001-02 team that won the University's first outright conference title in 63 years and advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 - guards Frederick Jones, Anthony Lever, Ben Lindquist and walk-on Kristian Christensen, center Chris Christoffersen and forward Mark Michaelis.