Mitch Lightfoot enjoys visit to St. John’s

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Mitch Lightfoot took an official visit to St. John’s this weekend. The 6’7 power forward from Gilbert, Arizona has already taken visits to Stanford, Utah, and Kansas. He plans to makes his decision later this month after he takes his last visit to Arizona.

Lightfoot really enjoyed his visit to St. John’s and took to twitter to share some of the key moments.

Shamorie Ponds commits to St. John’s

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NBPA Players Association Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia on June 18, 2015. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Shamorie Ponds scheduled a press conference today at Thomas Jefferson High School to announce his college decision. St. John’s fans had a nervous confidence that Ponds would stay home to play for the Red Storm.

However the St. John’s faithful felt like they’ve seen this story too many times before. From Sylvan Landesberg to Isaiah Briscoe it always seems like the best talent in the metropolitan area has decided to take their talent outside of New York.

Ponds began his press conference and within a New York minute he put on his Red Storm cap and posed for pictures celebrating with his family.

Ponds took to twitter to apologize to St. John’s fans for keeping them waiting.

Coach Chris Mullin made it very apparent that keeping New York City talent home was a priority and what better way to back that up then landing a top 50 guard out of Brooklyn. Who’s up next? Rawle Alkins?

Is St. John’s recruiting Thon Maker?

ARDSLEY, NY - May 23: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

With the team being fully reloaded in 2015, St. John’s is turning their attention to the 2016 recruiting class. With a commitment from Shamorie Ponds likely coming, St. John’s is starting to look big. How big? Seven footer big.

According to Adam Zagoria St. John’s assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rhorssen took a visit to Canada to see Thon Maker.

“New York is a major market and he feels if you get a Thon and a Rawle Alkins it would be special in turning around St. John’s.”

Maker, an athletic forward originally from the Sudan who opted to spend all of the 2015-16 season at Orangeville Prep, is projected as a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Maker said he’s definitely interested in St. John’s, but wants to learn more about the program

“He recruited me at Kentucky and he’s a pretty cool dude,” Maker said of Slice. “I don’t know much about St. John’s, to be honest. But I definitely know about New York City, that’s one of my favorite cities around the world.

“I’ve been to New York probably over 10 times already [for games].”

Asked if he could see himself playing there, he said, “Yeah, St. John’s I’m still learning about them, but of course.”

For more check out the report from our friends over at Zagsblog.

Shamorie Ponds to make announcement soon

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NBPA Players Association Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia on June 18, 2015. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

It’s been rumored for a while that Shamorie Ponds is going to make his college decision soon. The latest updates are:

1. He is not taking a visit to Minnesota. (Can you blame him? It’s Minnesota.)

2. He will have a press conference to announce his decision.



It was surprising that Ponds even went on any more visits after St. John’s because I believe he was a heavy St. John’s lean prior to the visit and almost a lock after. However this is a big choice and it’s wise weigh options. With this news it looks like it’s safe to rule out Minnesota which leaves Creighton, Providence, and St. John’s as Ponds final three.

Check back for more analysis and updates on the decision date.

Marcus LoVett aiming to prove doubters wrong

Marcus Lovett Photo credits are: Kelly Kline/ Under Armour

No one has ever questioned Marcus LoVett’s potential on the court but there has been some concern about the possibility of him not qualifying through the NCAA clearinghouse. LoVett arrived on campus this weekend and let the world know he’s excited to be a part of the St. John’s Red Storm Men’s Basketball team.

Apparently LoVett has good reason to be excited to because there has been positive news regarding his status. It is strongly believed that there is no doubt LoVett will be cleared by NCAA.