St. John's front line is nearly non-existent now, but reinforcements could be on the way to Queens - and well before the 2015 class arrives, which Steve Lavin and St. John's had been focused on before the recent departures.
With decisions expected from local center target Adonis Delarosa and a visit planned with Westchester Community College forward Keith Thomas, the Johnnies could shore up some of the front line gaps.
Keith Thomas is a 6'7" 23-year old forward from Yorktown prep and then Westchester County Community College. The forward, the top rebounder in JUCO's Division I, averaged 15 points and just under 16 rebounds on the season [stats from NJCAA.org]. He has visited St. John's and will take an official visit this month. Thomas says he can see St. John's "being a strong fit" for him.
Thomas was the Region XV Player of the Year. In high school at Yorktown (NY) - before he left the game for a short time - he was noted as "incredibly skilled" and "the best passing big man in the area." Keith Thomas also has interest from Loyola-Chicago and will take a visit next week; Florida State also has some interest.
Game video, Keith Thomas (#24)
Meanwhile, longtime target Adonis Delarosa will make his decision this Wednesday, instead of waiting until next week. The 6'11" Christ the King big man is a huge presence inside who needs some polish and work, but he is huge. His brother, Joey Delarosa, a 7-foot center who played at Florida International and didn't receive much playing time under Isiah Thomas, is reportedly attending St. John's and could be eligible in December.
Delarosa visited Pittsburgh; Georgetown has been said to be involved, and South Carolina and Alabama have interest.
Game video, Adonis DeLaRosa
Change is happening for Steve Lavin's program; will either player have a huge immediate impact?
Perhaps bringing in players with a specific skill, willing to do the banging and dirty work, could help a St. John's team that failed to meet this season's expectations?