On the same day that the St. John's Red Storm landed a commitment from long-recruited Italian guard Federico Mussini, Chris Mullin and his staff received some even more positive recruiting news.
Small forward Maverick Rowan, who recently reclassified into the 2015 recruiting class, announced on Monday that he has cut his list to three schools- St. John's, Wisconsin, and North Carolina State.
Just days after announcing his reclassification, Rowan took an official visit to St. John's. He spoke very highly of the visit to Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Monday. "I really enjoyed it," said Rowan. "The city is great. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see them play, but I watched a couple practices and I worked out."
Possibly aiding the Red Storm in its recruiting efforts is the fact that Rowan's father, Ron Rowan, played basketball at St. John's from 1984-1986. Rowan, in fact, played a season alongside Chris Mullin during the team's run to the 1985 Final Four, averaging just under four points per game.
Maverick, however, told Scout.com that he has not had much contact with his father's former teammate until recently. "I've just recently met Chris Mullin. He's a great guy and I play the same position he did. If I go there he could help me improve myself to help me become a pro," said Rowan on Monday.
St. John's is currently looked at by many to be the frontrunners for Rowan, 247 Sports "Crystal Ball Predictions" give them an overwhelming 71% chance to land the talented wing, who they have rated as number 39 overall in the 2015 class.
But going up against two stellar programs in Wisconsin and North Carolina State will be no easy task for this new Red Storm coaching staff. However with current Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan announcing his retirement after this season on Monday, St. John's should be in an even better position.
Rowan is a talented 6'7" forward who is ranked by many as a four-star recruit due to his exceptional shooting abilities. His impressive range and ability to knock down shots whether it be spotting up, in transition, or coming off screens is something that St. John's has lacked for the past few years.
He is not the most athletic player and will need to work on his strength as he transitions to the collegiate game, however it does seem like Rowan would be a very solid fit for Chris Mullin and the Red Storm going forward. He is expected to announce his decision sometime in August.
Under Mullin so far, St. John's has underwent a roster haul unlike any other in the past three months. Virtually all of the Red Storm roster from last season has either graduated or left the school (most recently Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa), and it appears that the 2015-16 team will be almost fully made up of players that Mullin and his staff have recruited themselves.
After the commitment of Mussini on Monday, St. John's is now left with two open scholarships for next season, with one of them presumably going towards Rowan if he decides to sign.