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

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.

Pelle was ranked by ESPN as the #1 center in the 2011 class.
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 limited at Phelps, despite being healthy.

At 6’10” tall, Pelle’s signing in the Fall of 2010 was thought to bring size and shot-blocking ability to the St. John’s frontcourt. His absence, along with the absence of fellow decommitted forward JaKarr Sampson, has left the Red Storm thin on the front line.

There are no immediate indications as to possible schools where Pelle may land, along with no word on where St. John’s stands in his recruitment.


  1. Duke Togo says

    He is likely going to SDSU. He has his friend SF Dwayne Polee a St John transfer and now playing for SDSU. PF Skylar Spencer is friend/classmate in HS going to SDSU and will lose their center this year. Also coach Tony Bland is already a force in the LA area.

  2. Arthur says

    It pisses me off that the local talent has no loyalty to the home teams. Going around the country to make other states shine instead of staying home and making their home schools shine. Stay home guys we need you here.

  3. Anonymous says

    He can always change his mind again and come back to St John’s as Sampson has done.Hope he comes to his senses and join St John’s again


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