For the second time this week, Chris Mullin has filled a scholarship on the St. John's roster for the upcoming season.
This time it's St. John's landing 2015 3-star recruit, shooting guard Malik Ellison, who chose the Johnnies over South Carolina, Minnesota and Rutgers.
The Pennsylvania native, who attended high school at Life Center Academy, also had interest from Rhode Island, Xavier, Maryland, La Salle, St. Josephs, Seton Hall, Temple and Wake Forest.
Ellison visited the St. John's campus on Tuesday alongside transfer Durand Johnson (who committed to the program on Wednesday).
The 6'6" guard, who is the son of former NBA star Pervis Ellison, is known for his versatility, solid size for his position, high basketball IQ and his ability to play on and off the ball. Mullin has been very active with players who are capable of playing multiple positions and recruits with speed as he tries to build a unit that is content with his style of play.
With very few bodies in the backcourt, the Johnnies needed a strong guard to play alongside the talented Rysheed Jordan (and Felix Balamou) and Ellison can fit that mold, especially if he continues to develop under Mullin this offseason. This team continues to add players, which is an indication that the Red Storm will be deep and they will have plenty of opportunities to play a fast pace brand of basketball.
After missing out on 4-star shooting guard Brandon Sampson (LSU) and McDonald's All-American Cheick Diallo (Kansas), St. John's still has two scholarships remaining. They are involved in a number of other players that can fill these final slots, including Florida transfer Eli Carter (who has a number of different suitors), Georgios Papagiannis, Federico Mussini and Marcus LoVett (if he's eligible).