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Summer basketball recruiting: which 2016 players will St. John's be following?

The 2016 class is a big deal, and Chris Mullin and his staff have plans to be all around the country chasing impact targets. Which players will commit? Will new players impress the staff?

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Chris Mullin, Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih will be on the road this month looking at the immediate future of the St. John's program - the 2016 prospects that will set the tone for Mullin's effort to bring St. John's into the list of the nation's elite men's basketball programs.

This is a big class. With five slots open, it's a chance to find an impact wing who can start right away, at least one talented forward, and some depth to add to the core. That core will likely include point guards Federico Mussini and Marcus LoVett, guard Malik Ellison, forwards Darien Williams and Amar Alibegovic and centers Yankuba Sima and Tariq Owens.

Where will the top 2016 prospects be playing?

Kasoum Yakwe, a wing from Our Savior New American in Long Island, runs with the PSA Cardinals - who will be at the Nike Peach Jam (July 7-12), and the Hardwood Classic, among others.

The EYBL defensive player of the year is expected to decide his college plans in July, per Zagsblog.

Guard Bruce Brown will also be at the Nike Peach Jam with New England's BABC. So will Shamorie Ponds, running with the NY Lightning.

On the Adidias circuit, Edrice Adebayo, a powerful 6'8" center who is expected to be a top-20 recruit, is with North Carolina's Team Loaded, who will be at the Adidas Uprising sessions. There are two "Team Loaded" squads - he's from the North Carolina one.

Wings Mustapha Heron and Rawle Alkins will be playing with the New York Rens at the Adidas Gauntlet (July 8-11, Atlanta), Adidas Uprising All-American camp (July 15-17, Long Island) sessions and the Adidas Summer Championship (July 22-26, Las Vegas) as well. Heron's recruitment has been active, but he won't take official visits until the fall, per Zagsblog; while Alkins has strong interest from Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Cardozo guard Rashond Salnave will be at the Under Armour All-American camp, though St. John's seems cooler on him than they were when Steve Lavin was head coach; he claims Rutgers as his leading offer.