Even Letters of Intent aren't ironclad. St. John's forward recruit Dwight Meikle - originally out of Long Island, but playing alongside Sir'Dominic Pointer at Quality Education Academy down in North Carolina - won't be coming to the Red Storm next fall.
St. John's and Meikle have decided to part ways, apparently mutually. From the Red Storm press release:
"We wish Dwight the best of luck in the future," said Lavin. "He is an outstanding young man and a talented basketball player. The mutually arrived-upon decision to release Dwight from his NLI will now allow him to pursue other opportunities."
Does Meikle already have a landing spot? At 6'6 (or 6'9, depending on what you read) he would struggle to earn time in the crowded and star-studded St. John's lineup, even if he played as a jump-shooting 4/ power forward.And he definitely would have struggled to earn time as a wing or guard.
It's too bad - he was sporting a solid flat top in the All-American championships dunk contest.
What will St. John's do with the extra scholarship? The hard recruiting of Ricardo Gathers and Kyle Anderson for the 2012 class seems to hint that they're looking to hold it for later, which would be a good move to rebalance the recruiting classes. But the Red Storm could still use some strength in the middle; will a forward like God's Gift be enough to keep the Johnnies competitive in halfcourt defense?
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