St. John's continues to beat the bushes looking for talent, with two names rising to the top this week - South Florida transfer Jahmal McMurray and high school senior Derrick Walker.
The courtship of Derrick Walker - a strong 6'8" forward who attacks the glass and is known as a hard working paint player continues. Even a current St. John's player - and former member of Walker's AAU team - has jumped in to tell Walker publicly that St. John's could use his talents.
Walker will visit on January 14th for the game at Madison Square Garden against the Villanova Wildcats; it will be an unofficial visit, since most of Walker's official visits have already been used. Walker will visit Tennessee on January 2nd on an official visit and Georgia on January 28th. [For a full list of his official visits, 247 Sports has a handy timeline.]
Meanwhile, despite a roster with Marcus LoVett, Shamorie Ponds, Federico Mussini, not to mention Malik Ellison and Justin Simon (who is redshirting), the Johnnies are also looking hard at South Florida transfer Jahmal McMurray, a 6'0" high-scoring guard who played for a year and a half at South Florida before leaving the Bulls.
The Bulls have struggled mightily in the American Conference under Orlando Antigua, but McMurray has some talent, a strong body, and interested from the likes of Virginia Tech and Arizona State. (The Texas interest may or may not be reciprocated by the school, according to sources.)
McMurray will visit
as soon as this week tomorrow.
USF transfer Jahmal McMurray tells me he will visit St. John's Wednesday & Virginia Tech on Friday. Also considering ASU & Baylor. #SJUBB— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 27, 2016
McMurray took 471 shots last season, hitting 43% of his two-pointers and 35% of his three-pointers. he can get his shot with a crafty dribble, was a decent passer, but perhaps took on too much in trying to carry the Bulls as a freshman. McMurray was also suspended for most of the non-conference season for an unspecified violation.
Interestingly, McMurray also attended Sunrise Christian high school in Kansas as a high schooler - where Derrick Walker currently plays and finishes his high school education.