St. John's has three scholarships remaining for the 2016 season, but it is never too early to take a peak at the future. In order to reach the NCAA Tournament in the next few years and take this rebuild to the next step, the Johnnies must continue to compile talent.
The Nike EYBL (Session One) in Brooklyn is the perfect place for Chris Mullin and his staff to get an up-close, in-depth look at some future prospects that could help change the dynamic of the St. John's program.
New York Rens
Jose Alvarado (four-stars, 2017, unranked) - The point guard plays his high school basketball at Christ The King in Middle Village and was teammates with Rawle Alkins before the guard jumped to Word of God Academy. Alvarado is a pass first lead guard with excellent vision and great ball handling skills. He stands at just 6'0" and doesn't have a consistent jump shot, but he plays well in the open floor, can break defenders down and could be a force in the pick-in-roll at the college level.
Alvarado, who attended numerous St. John's games this past season, already has an offer from the Red Storm. VCU, Xavier, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Iona, Miami, Indiana and Georgia Tech also have offers on the table.
Hamidou Diallo (five-stars, 2017, 14th in ESPN top 100) - Diallo, a Queens native, is an athletic, long shooting guard who can score at all three levels but makes his bread and butter in transition. The third ranked player in New York in the class of 2017 is also a great rebounder at 6'5" and has the explosiveness to impact the game whenever the ball in his hands.
Diallo's ability to break down a defense and play on a fast break would align perfectly with Mullin's up-tempo, spread offense. His creativeness and effectiveness in the lane would lead to open shots from the perimeter.
The talented prospect already has an offer from the Red Storm but is currently being recruited by other high major programs like Syracuse, UConn, Florida, North Carolina State and Arizona, amongst others.
Jordan Tucker (four-stars, 2017, 30th in ESPN top 100) - The White Plains native is a wing player who is effective at the offensive end due to his size and skill. Tucker is capable of putting the ball on the deck, pulling up from mid-range and even knocking down shots from beyond the arc. The 6'7" prospect can play multiple positions, but maximizes his skills at the three position.
Tucker visited St. John's last year and attended the Johnnies' loss at Madison Square Garden against Providence this year. He has offers from the Red Storm, Maryland (he also visited the Terps), Arizona, UConn and Syracuse.
Cole Anthony (not graded yet, 2019, not graded) - Anthony is the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony and has the makings of a top tier point guard in the class of 2019. Anthony is just 6'1", 140 pounds, but he is surely going to grow over the next three years. His basketball IQ and scoring ability is off the charts already. Plus, the New York native is a good passer with solid handles and great speed.
Barry "Slice" Rohrssen was on hand for Anthony's dominant performance (19 points and seven rebounds) in the CHSAA Class A Intersectional playoffs.
Mohamed Bamba (five-stars, 2017, 4th in ESPN top 100) - Bamba, a 6'11" power forward from Harlem, is a future NBA prospect because of his physical tools (length, size, reach) and skill level. The forward will need to build up his frame, but his athleticism and feel for the game is strong.
The Johnnies will have a lot a competition for Bamba with Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, UConn, Louisville, North Carolina and Syracuse already extending offers. Bamba did attend the Johnnies season finale against Providence at MSG.
Mamadou Docoure (four-stars, 2018, 27th in Scout.com's rankings) - The Johnnies have Our Savior New American's Kassoum Yakwe on their roster but Docoure could give the Red Storm another talented forward down the road. The 6'8" center is undersized similar to Yakwe (6'7") but Docoure is athletic and has solid strength.
He has offers from Pittsburgh, St. John's, and UConn. Even though it is very early in the process, Scout's crystal ball has Docoure choosing St. John's.
Brandon Randolph (four-stars, 2017, 57th in Scout.com's rankings) - The 6'6" shooting guard from Yonkers saw his stock explode this past high school season because of his versatility, shooting ability and play in transition.
Randolph also attended the Johnnies final regular season game against Providence at Madison Square Garden. He has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Marquette, Seton Hall and St. John's, amongst others.
Hasahn French (three-stars, 2017, unranked) - French, a 6'7" power forward, is strong, physical, powerful and tough in the interior. He would be a valuable addition for a team that is desperate for some "enforcers" in the painted area. The Springfield, MA native plays an old-school style of basketball, but he continues to develop due to his solid work ethic.
Along with his teammates, French also attended the Red Storm's loss to Providence at MSG. French has offers from other Big East teams, Seton Hall and Providence.
New York Lightning
Aundre Hyatt (four-stars, 2018, 57th in Scout.com's rankings) - The 6'6" small forward from White Plains, NY is another versatile player. Hyatt can move up to the guard position due to his ball handling and athleticism. Matt Abdelmassih and the staff have kept a close eye on him, along with his Archbishop Stepinac teammate Tucker.
Hyatt has offers from the Red Storm and the Iona Gaels.