Guard Sean Kilpatrick has long stated a preference to attend St. John's University to play basketball. And it looks as if he will do so.
Rivals (subscription link) and Zagsblog both report that Kilpatrick is on the verge of accepting the scholarship offer from the Red Storm. But his grades have been an issue, and he will likely attend prep school at the South Kent School in Connecticut to qualify (where rumor has it he will be joined by possible 2009 recruits Omari Lawrence and Kevin Parrom, who are transferring from St. Raymond's).
Listed at 6 foot 3, he's a scorer who carried White Plains High this year, scoring 27.6 points per game and leading the school to a 15-7 record against some well known competition (Kevin Jones, Mookie Jones, and the like).
His handle and defense may be suspect - but his scoring ability is not, and he has been hailed as a catch-and-shooter off of screens. This article on Rivals thinks he's big enough to play the small forward.
An interesting pick up, to say the least. The team has a number of guards/ smaller wings on the roster in Paris Horne, DJ Kennedy, Tyshwan Edmondson, and Quincy Roberts (along with Anthony Mason Jr, who graduates after this year).
Add in Rob Thomas, who I imagine will have to play some small forward if he's back to his old form, and I wonder where the playing time is going to come from. Then again, these are good problems to have.
The rate of attrition at St. John's is heavy, a coach has to be prepared in case of a player's unavailability.
Having said that, I also wonder if this takes St. John's out of the running for some of the wings who think they are guards (or guards like Omari Lawrence). And this team needs suitable players behind the inside players, Burrell, Coker, and Evans.
Maxpreps' stats on Kilpatrick's senior year.