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St. John's recruiting update: Ricardo Gathers, Kyle Anderson

Rumble in the Garden was not at the Rumble in the Bronx; it's a well-covered event by those who are proximal to the B-X.

Not much in the way of updates, but some info on forward Ricardo Gathers and Kyle Anderson, below the fold.

Kyle Anderson earned tournament MVP at the Rumble. We got some feedback on our earlier look at Kyle Anderson at the EYBL; the absence of Savon Goodman meant Anderson had to look to score and rebound more. Also, Anderson will play on the wing this summer, showing coaches during the live period how he can create mismatches and dominate from anywhere on the court.

From ESPN:

All great players understand the value of getting easy points and there's nowhere easier than the free throw line. While Anderson could still finish plays more consistently and refine his low-post game against mismatches, he does a fantastic job of using his size and versatility to draw contact and get to the stripe. The 6-7 facilitator also showed off an improved stroke from the perimeter, knocking down six 3-pointers in the Playaz's final two wins.

From NBE Basketball:

He gets into the paint at will against top level defenders and once there is able to score by making floaters and pull-ups from unusual angles. Kyle is also an excellent rebounder at both ends of the floor and a strong finisher through contact after corralling an offensive board. He has arguably the highest basketball IQ of any high school player in America, always plays under control, and is a team-first winning player. Despite splitting time between positions on this level, Kyle plans to sign with a high-major program that will allow him to run the point on the college level.

Ricardo Gathers is just doing the same thing that he did at EYBL. He's a beast around the basket, can rebound well, needs to work on his free throw shooting.

From NBE basketball:

Ricardo Gathers (Franchise All Stars 2012) – Gathers is one of the most physically imposing players in the country standing at 6’7" and 240 pounds. He looks more like an NFL linebacker than a high school basketball player and also has some serious hops to go along with his physicality. A power forward for most of his high school career, Gathers has started to expand his game to the perimeter showing the ability to handle in the open court and beat his defender off the dribble. He even buried an open 3 pointer in the silver championship game but his shooting stroke seems to have a bit of a hitch and needs work. Gathers should be an impact player as a freshman at whichever high-major program he chooses because he will step in and be one of the strongest players in college basketball right away.

Interesting note: Gathers is from New Orleans area. The Franchize All Stars (they spell their name with a "p") are a Texas-based AAU team that used to have St. John's signee D'Angelo Harrison as their star.  D'Angelo was in town with Moe Harkless, working out and watching the Franchize All-Stars.

Looks favorable for the Johnnies in Ricardo Gathers' recruitment, but "don't count your chickens before they hatch" applies here.