On Monday, Chris Mullin and St. John's reeled in Italian point guard Federico Mussini, who chose the Johnnies over Gonzaga and Reggio Emilia of the Italian league. Now the program has two scholarships remaining for 2015-16 and they continue to have their eyes on a bigger prize.
Georgios Papagiannis, a 7'1" Greek center who is currently playing the U19 World Championships with Greece, has been a target for St. John's since the Steve Lavin era and he spoke to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express on Tuesday.
Spoke to Georgios Papagiannis. Said college is still an option. N.C. State, Kentucky, St. John's, three schools he mentioned. Deciding soon.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 30, 2015
Papagiannis is only 17 years old and is a possible future lottery selection because of his size, shot blocking ability and solid mobility. He has a huge upside if he can continue to develop his outside shot and his offensive game, but he would certainly be a huge get for Mullin this late in the recruiting process.
Without Chris Obekpa and Sir'Dominic Pointer, the Johnnies lack the length and defensive prowess in the paint as they only have young players that are raw, like freshman Yankuba Sima and returnees Christian Jones and Amar Alibegovic.
Papagiannis does need to get stronger and more physical, but he has the potential to step right in, fill a need and control the paint at the college level.
The Johnnies also are targeting Florida guard Maverick Rowan, who's father Ron played with Mullin at St. John's back in the 80s. Rowan recently cut his list to three schools and is expected to decide in August.