Today in the Morning Rumble, a 2018 prospect visited St. John's on Sunday, a talented guard joins Iona's up-tempo offense and Cane Broome is headed to Cincinnati.
2018 point guard and Hudson Catholic prospect, Luther Muhammad, visited St. John's unofficially on Sunday. The 6'4" prospect is the third best 2018 player in the state of New Jersey and has offers from St. John's, Rider, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall. Rutgers has expressed interest but has yet to offer a scholarship to the talented point guard.
Iona is losing A.J. English and Isaiah Williams to graduation but Tim Cluess and his staff have brought in two ready made replacements in Jon Severe (Fordham) and Sam Cassell Jr. (UConn). Cassell Jr., who is a fifth year transfer, committed to the Gaels on Sunday afternoon and will be eligible immediately.
After averaging 15.1 minutes per game in 2014-15, Cassell's playing time decreased this past season due to the solid depth the Huskies' had in their backcourt (they added stud freshman Jalen Adams). The native of Baltimore averaged 6.8 minutes per game, 2.3 points per game and 0.3 assists per game. He played in just five of the team's final 15 match-ups, including just two minutes in two NCAA Tournament games.
Cane Broome can flat out score the basketball.
The 6'0" Sacred Heart transfer and NEC Player of the Year chose Cincinnati over Creighton on Monday morning, giving Mick Cronin and the Bearcats some immediate offense in 2017-18. Broome will sit out a season before maintaining two years of eligibility.
The East Hartford native put up 23.1 points per game in his sophomore season, which ranked 8th overall in America.
In more transfer news, Kaleb Joseph is moving from Syracuse to Creighton. Joseph fell out of favor with Jim Boeheim and the Orange as freshman guard Franklin Howard jumped him in the rotation.
Joseph, a 6'3" point guard out of Nashua, NH, played six minutes per game this past year after averaging almost 30 minutes per night in his freshman season. The lead guard struggled with turnovers and failed to adjust to the speed of the college game, but was a four-star recruit coming out of high school.
Maybe with a change of scenery, Joseph can develop his long, lanky frame and remain consistent with the basketball in his hands. Maurice Watson Jr. only has one more year remaining at Creighton, so Joseph will give the Blue Jays valuable depth.
Derryck Thornton was originally supposed to be a class of 2016 commit. Instead, Coach K convinced Thornton that the Blue Devils needed his services for the 2015 season.
Thornton made an impact with the Blue Devils - giving Matt Jones and Grayson Allen time off the ball - but he averaged only 7.5 points per game, averaged 1.6 turnovers to 2.5 assists and shot just 33 percent from three. While he needs to develop his jump shot, he has great confidence/poise and was a five-star recruit (17th in ESPN's top 100) coming out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.