St. John's winning streak - aka the "peak" in February - came with an unexpected perk - an uptick in recruiting activity.
Per the NY Post's Zach Braziller and SNY's Adam Zagoria, the Red Storm have been more active on the recruiting trail, inviting players to games and showing up at high school games of impact 2015 and 2014 players. A junior college recruit seems to maintain St. John's interest, despite being well-traveled.
For the class of 2014 God`sGift Achiuwa, Orlando Sanchez and Marc-Antoine Bourgault will depart after this season, leaving a dearth of big men. Assuming no players decide to try professional opportunities abroad, Chris Obekpa and JaKarr Sampson will be joined by the unproven Christian Jones in the front court.
High school senior Adonis Delarosa attended the Butler game and has been seen by the staff. The 6'10" big man has been said to have shed some weight, getting down to 250, according to his high school coach. He has had interest from Rutgers and Georgetown, but it's difficult to gauge the seriousness of the interest.
Trey Dickerson, a point guard from Queens, played high school ball in Los Angeles' Price High School (alma mater of Norvel Pelle) and now is in a junior college in North Dakota, has certainly seen much of the country. Dickerson, who has interest from the likes of Iowa, averages just under 20 points per game with 5.8 assists per game. He's around 6-foot tall, and according to the Iowa City Gazette, could have three years of eligibility.
For 2015, St. John's has seen a top trio of Cheick Diallo (6'9, 220 post player, a 5-star/ top-5 recruit), Isaiah Briscoe (6'4, 215 combo guard, a 5-star recruit), and Jessie Govan (6'10, 250, a 4-star recruit).
Govan mentions that Lavin's staff has picked up their recruitment, attending games and inviting him to see the Red Storm in action.
Diallo attended the victory over the Creighton Bluejays.
The Johnnies have been to see Briscoe, with his Roselle Catholic (NJ) coach saying that "Coach Lavin and St. John’s have clearly made Isaiah a high priority for their program."
The Red Storm's 2015 needs will be acute, with stars like D`Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV gone, and younger players Rysheed Jordan, JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa strong possibilities to have gone pro by the beginning of 2015.
Did we miss any players of interest for St. John's? Also see our Rumble St. John's Recruiting page.