After landing transfers Marvin Clark Jr. and Justin Simon earlier this week, St. John's is on the road in Indianapolis for Session Two of Nike EYBL and the Under Armour Circuit.
The Red Storm had Clark and Simon in for visits last weekend and were unable to attend the first Nike session (there were no reports of their coaches at the Under Armour event either). But the program is going all out this weekend with numerous future college stars taking part in the three day tournaments.
Also, was told entire St. John's staff will be in Indianapolis this weekend for live period. Nike EYBL and Under Armour circuit. #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) April 21, 2016
The activity from the coaching staff since they were brought in last offseason is impressive to say the least. They have already landed multiple transfers (a Matt Abdelmassih speciality), have reeled in local prospects and have a nice flavor of international talent.
The best way to continue to land talented players on a yearly basis is to build relationships with high school/AAU coaches and players, and to show their faces at these events.
That is especially relevant with all the New York teams competing at a high level. The PSA Cardinals, The Rens and Sports U all have loaded squads that feature Tri-State area players that are emerging as some of the top prospects in the next three recruiting classes (2017, 2018, 2019).
According to Andrew Slater of 247 sports, Chris Mullin watched one of the New York's premier AAU squads, The Rens, take on the Oakland Soldiers Friday night in a Nike EYBL battle.
The Johnnies have extended offers to 2017 wing Jordan Tucker, 2017 point guard Jose Alvarado and 2017 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo (he scored 33 points in the game). Tucker and Diallo fit the Johnnies style of play perfectly because of their versatility, aggressiveness and offensive prowess, and Alvarado is particularly impressive as a floor general and stingy defender.
The coaching staff will surely watch PSA's Brandon Randolph, Cole Anthony and Mohamed Bamba, along with Sports U's Luther Muhammad, Naz Reid and Jahvon Quinerly over the next two days.
And this is just the beginning of the live recruiting period.