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Last week in the Rumble: recruiting heats up, WBB's new coach

St. John's has had a news-heavy week, with a number of verbal commits, the heating up of Coach Steve Lavin's recruiting, a new coach for the women's basketball team, and the NBA debut for former Johnnie star D.J. Kennedy.

The men's basketball team hopes for more good recruiting news, with official visits from Philip Nolan, Darrick Wood, San Francisco transfer Justin Raffington, and possibly Arizona guard Josiah Turner.

More, below the fold.

Forward Orlando Sanchez and wing Marco Bourgault verbally committed to St. John's. Per Monroe Junior College, Sanchez sent his Letter of Intent to St. John's.

Also committing to St. John's is transfer Max Hooper from Harvard, a 6'6" shooter.

The Red Storm staff is keeping tabs on high-level possible transfers, including Josiah Turner, a guard who ran into discipline problems under Sean Miller at Arizona; and Michael Chandler, who is working to become NCAA eligible.

D.J. Kennedy, recently signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of their season, played a solid 30 minutes in his debut, scoring 12 points.

The women's basketball team recently lost coach Kim Barnes Arico to Michigan; but her assistant Joe Tartamella will take over the reins.

The Murray State Racers, darlings of last season, are interested in becoming the eighth team in the Charleston Classic, where St. John's will play next November.

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