Lavin Lands Philadelphia Point Guard Rysheed Jordan

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Philadelphia point guard Rysheed Jordan, the number 22 overall prospect on the ESPN Top 100, has verbally committed to St. John's University. Jordan had been mulling over joining the Temple Owls and UCLA Bruins, but this morning he took to twitter to make his decision clear through several tweets such as "IM A JOHNNIE, NEW YORK HERE I COME," as well as  "RED STORM BABY." The recent departure of Amir Garret left coach Steve Lavin with one open scholarship. Jordan had visited Lavin and St. John's in September of 2012, a trip that was reported to have the University emerge in Jordan's eyes. Jordan will join a backcourt that currently only features three other players in D'Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene, and Jamal Branch. Unlike those … [Read more...]

Brewster Academy’s JaKarr Sampson Recommits to St. John’s

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JaKarr Sampson is headed back to Queens. After being ruled ineligible at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, Sampson returned to Brewster Academy for a prep year. Though he took time to look elsewhere, Brian Snow of Scout.com is reporting that Sampson will return to St. John’s in the fall of 2012. He was being courted by Baylor, Kansas, Providence, and others. Sampson is an ultra-athletic wing and the most important target for St. John’s in the Class of 2012. His commitment to return to Queens signals a turn for the better and fruits of labor for Steve Lavin’s inroads on the recruiting trail. In the fall of 2011, in the wake of Nurideen Lindsey leaving the program and the decommitment of Darrick Wood, Norvel Pelle, … [Read more...]

Nurideen Lindsey Transfers to Arkansas

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This post also appears on NBCSports.com's Beyond the Arc blog. After an abrupt announcement to leave St. John’s back in early December, Nurideen Lindsey has announced, via Twitter, that he will transfer to Arkansas and play for head coach Mike Anderson. “One [reason I chose St. John’s] was to be close to my mom, whose health has been up and down due to some past experiences,” said Lindsey of his original commitment to the Red Storm. “The second was to play for Coach [Steve] Lavin. In both instances it has not worked out how I envisioned.” Lavin, who continues to work back from prostate cancer surgery in the fall, has only coached in a handful of games for the Red Storm this season. Lindsey tells CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman … [Read more...]

Texas A&M Transfer Jamal Branch Chooses St. John’s

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Some time had passed since a big recruiting breakthrough came for the Red Storm, but welcome news came on Monday night. Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News first reported, and Branch later confirmed on Twitter, that the Class of 2011 guard would be headed to St. John's. Branch averaged just over four points, two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes per game as a freshman for Texas A&M this season under head coach Billy Kennedy. The 6-3 guard is an interesting case because he committed to play for the Aggies when Mark Turgeon was at the helm back in late 2007. Branch maintained his commitment to Texas A&M, even after Turgeon left for Maryland and Billy Kennedy took over the team. This time around, Maryland, because of … [Read more...]

Bridgton Academy’s Darrick Wood Decommits from St. John’s

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St. John's commit Darrick Wood (Bridgton, '12) has reopened his recruitment, according to Jeremy Bauman of Five Star Basketball. "It was based off me wanting to make the right decision for my future, me being patient with the whole recruiting process and just putting myself in the best situation," Wood told Five Star. "My AAU coaches and parents just told me to take it slow and make the right decision for me. Last time, I jumped into it because I thought the situation was right for me." Wood becomes the next in line, following JaKarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle, and Ricardo Gathers, to choose to keep their options open, after initially choosing the Red Storm. Amir Garrett, who joined St. John's in December, played alongside Wood for a … [Read more...]

Exclusive: Norvel Pelle Decommits From St. Johns, Will Open Up Recruitment

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And another chapter in the saga of Norvel Pelle's recruitment has been written. The 6'10 California native, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA this Fall, was thought to be signing this November and joining the Red Storm in 2012. But that may no longer be the case. Multiple sources have told JohnnyJungle.com that Pelle has decommitted from St. John's and will reopen his recruitment. Touted as one of the top big men in the Class of 2011, academic questions have been raised since the latter part of Pelle's high school career. After taking summer classes in an attempt to qualify, Pelle enrolled at The Phelps School, outside of Philadelphia. A source also tells JohnnyJungle.com that Pelle's involvement with the team has been … [Read more...]

Source: Junior College Forward Jerry Cummings is Possible Walk-On for St. John’s

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Since news broke in September that three St. John's recruits from the Class of 2011 were to be ruled ineligible by the NCAA, questions about depth on the Red Storm roster have lingered. With indications pointing toward Amir Garrett making his St. John’s debut in the second semester, the Red Storm could have some relief in a depleted frontcourt. And more help may be on the way. Introducing, Jerry Cummings. Sources tell JohnnyJungle.com that the 6’7” swingman, who last played at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, could possibly walk onto the Red Storm in the second semester. Cummings is not currently enrolled in classes at St. John’s and says he has not spoken to the staff, but is continuing to work out … [Read more...]

Ricardo Gathers Rescinds Commitment to St. John’s, Will Sign in Spring

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Ed Daniels of WGNO Sports in New Orleans is reporting that Ricardo Gathers of Riverside Academy (La.) has rescinded his commitment to St. John's and will sign in the spring. Gathers, who committed to the Red Storm in the late summer, is a top 40 prospect in the Class of 2012 and was one of Steve Lavin's two commits for 2012, along with Darrick Wood of Bridgton Academy. His announcement comes on the eve of National Signing Day. As a 6'7", 240-pound forward, Gathers was seen as a piece that could solidify the Red Storm presence in the low post. Prior to committing to St. John's, he was considering LSU, Syracuse, Texas and Arizona. He was in attendance for St. John's Tip Off in October, along with Amir Garrett, Norvel Pelle, and … [Read more...]

St. John’s Commit Darrick Wood: Bridgton Academy’s Constant Scoring Threat

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In August, Darrick Wood watched as the NCAA ruled four of his NIA Prep (NJ) teammates ineligible to play college basketball. A few days later, the 6’3” rising senior committed to St. John’s. It was then that he knew he needed to make a change. “[NIA Prep] was having some school issues and problems with the NCAA,” Wood told JohnnyJungle.com. “I just didn’t want to be associated with that.” Wood chose to transfer to Bridgton Academy, located in small Bridgton, Maine, for his senior season, before heading to college. And along with that came an adjustment. Bridgton, Maine, boasting a population of 2,751, has very little in common with Wood’s hometown of Washington, DC, and is equally as different from Newark, NJ, home of NIA … [Read more...]

Amir Garrett Enrolls at Bridgton Academy, Will Work Toward Eligibility

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Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv is reporting that St. John's signee Amir Garrett has enrolled at Bridgton Academy (ME) and will work toward college eligibility, in an attempt to qualify for the second semester and play for St. John's. "I would say that that’s the plan,” Bridgton coach Whit Lesure told Zagoria. "I know our college counselor was with him today and visited with me quickly." After being ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA less than a week ago, Garrett will join St. John's commit Darrick Wood at the North Bridgton, Maine prep school. Garrett will remain committed to St. John's, unlike his former fellow signee JaKarr Sampson, who is returning to Brewster Academy for a post-grad year and will reopen his … [Read more...]