With multiple scholarships left to fill for the upcoming season, the Johnnies are looking to add more talent to create depth at the guard position.
2015 guard and three-star prospect Craig Randall is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY. The Phoenix, Arizona native, who attends Shadow Mountain High School, is down to four schools: St. John's, DePaul, VCU and Nevada.
Randall is averaged 21.2 points per game, 5.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals (30 games) in his senior season at Shadow Mountain.
Randall is a smooth, lefty combo guard who has solid range on his jump shot but can also create off the dribble with his strong handles. He has the tendency to be a scorer first and with the Johnnies losing a ton of offense from this past season, Randall could be a much-needed addition. Also, Chris Mullin is looking for some help in the backcourt after missing out on 4-star recruit and former commit Brandon Sampson (who will be a member of the LSU Tigers) this past week.
Even with Rysheed Jordan, Felix Balamou and the addition of Ron M'Vouika, from Missouri State, landing Randall and possibly point guard Marcus Lovett Jr (depending on his eligibility issues) will be a huge lift for a team that is "big heavy" at this point in the offseason.
Mullin and his staff want to play fast-paced brand of basketball and in order to play that style the Red Storm must have strengths in two areas: Guard play and depth. It's not going to be an easy process to build those two areas, but in Mullin's first month on the job the activity on both the recruiting trail and the transfer market has been noticeable, impressive and has Red Storm fans feeling comfortable with the possible success.