While the Red Storm's priority is to land a couple of transfers to fill out their roster for 2016, Chris Mullin and his staff remain active, recruiting prospects for the class of 2017.
A new name emerged Saturday as Zach Braziller of the New York Post is reporting that St. John's is in the mix for Oak Hill Academy point guard, Matt Coleman, who is currently 22nd on ESPN's top 60 recruiting list.
New #sjubb target I've come across: Oak Hill junior four-star PG Matt Coleman. Barry Rohrssen been on him a while, I've heard.— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) April 2, 2016
According to ESPN, the 6'2" lead guard is the top player in the state of Virginia for the class of 2017 and currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Seton Hall and Texas, amongst others.
Coleman starts for Steve Smith's Oak Hill Academy Warriors, who won their first ever title in the Dicks High School Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The Virginia native is lightning quick, is an excellent passer, has lethal handles, solid range from the perimeter and very quick hands to swipe steals on the defensive end.
The junior will likely have to improve his decision making, consistency with his jump shot and his non-dominant hand (right), but he would clearly be a force in Mullin's up-tempo system. Coleman would be able to adjust to the NBA style of offense due to his ability to get out in transition and distribute to his teammates.
Even with plenty of underclassmen in the backcourt - Federico Mussini, Shamorie Ponds, Marcus LoVett and Malik Ellison - it wouldn't hurt if the Johnnies were to add another guard that can move the ball, break the press and that has plenty of experience (he plays at the highest level of high school basketball).