Today in the AM Rumble, the Johnnies continue to work on the future recruiting trail, a California guard is transferring, and Providence unveils their non-conference schedule.
The latest from Queens
Guards Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine are rising sophomores in high school and won't be playing college basketball until 2019, but St. John's has been "relentless" in their pursuit of the two Team Rio/Ranney School talents. According to SNY, Georgetown is the other school working hard early on in the process, while the two teammates have already visited UCLA and USC. They also have visits scheduled to Maryland, Villanova and Florida in the coming weeks.
SNY is also reporting that the Johnnies have offered Lewis and Antoine's high school teammate, 6'0" 2019 guard Jalen Gaffney.
The Johnnies have returned to Queens for their first session of summer workouts. Zach Braziller of the New York Post reported on Tuesday that Arizona transfer Justin Simon and Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark Jr. are in attendance for the workouts, while Shamorie Ponds and Bashir Ahmed won't arrive until the second session.
St. John's is also hosting an Elite Skills Camp on June 8 that will feature players from grades nine through 12 that are serious about playing competitive basketball at the next level. This is a great opportunity for the staff to get an inside look at the best prospects from the area.
California shooting guard Jordan Mathews has opted to transfer from the Golden Bears and will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. Mathews' departure gives the Bears an open scholarship spot that could be used to reel in former Kentucky big man Marcus Lee (who visited the Cal campus on Tuesday).
Mathews averaged 13.5 points per game last season and shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. He is a scorer from the perimeter with valuable experience playing at a high level. Gonzaga is expected to land the guard's services.
TCU's leading scorer Chauncey Collins is leaving Forth Worth to pursue a professional career. The Oklahoma City native played two seasons with the Horned Frogs, averaging just 3.5 points per game in year one and 12.3 points per outing in year two. Losing Collins opens the door for star freshman Jaylen Fisher, who will take the reins of the team from day one.
The Providence Friars announced their non-conference schedule on Tuesday. The top games include a match-up at Ohio State (Gavitt Games), two battles at the Emerald Coast Classic in Florida (Memphis, Iowa and Virginia) and a home showdown against Rhode Island. Ed Cooley will host UMass and play at Boston College.
The Kansas Jayhawks also announced their non-conference slate yesterday. Bill Self's squad opens up the season in Honolulu against the Indiana Hoosiers, travel to Madison Square Garden to match-up against the Duke Blue Devils, are taking part in the CBE Classic Hall of Fame Classic, play UNLV in Vegas and head to Lexington for a heavyweight showdown against the Wildcats of Kentucky in January.
The National Champion Villanova Wildcats were in Washington D.C. on Tuesday for a celebratory ceremony at the White House. Apparently, Vice President Joe Biden picked the Wildcats to win it all in his bracket.