St. John's will not have any scholarships available in 2017, but Chris Mullin and company are keeping their options open in the case of change.
One of the team's top targets for the class of 2017, Hasahn French, will visit the school on June 13, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post. French is a native of Springfield, MA (attends Commonwealth Academy) and is currently playing for the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL circuit.
French is an undersized power forward (6'7") but has excellent toughness, a solid frame and shows off elite strength on the glass. While he needs to develop a better feel for the game, tends to struggle with his decision making at times and doesn't have much range, French would provide St. John's with another big who can battle for rebounds and finish easy buckets inside.
The power forward has offers from Arizona State, Minnesota, UMass, Nebraska, Providence, Seton Hall and VCU. He attended St. John's final game of the regular season against Providence back in March, but the Johnnies have yet to extend an official offer.
Before hosing French, Chris Mullin will welcome 40 local high school and middle school prospects to St. John's on Wednesday (June 8) for the program's Elite Camp. While it's difficult to predict where these prospects will play down the road, the St. John's staff is trying to develop relationships and get a feel for where each player stands at this point in their development process.
Some of the more notable names include St. Raymond's Isaiah Washington and Sidney Wilson (both 2017), 2017 forward Jordan Tucker (who may not be able to attend because of USA Basketball), 2018 big Moses Brown, and 2018 small forward Aundre Hyatt.
The Johnnies have been particularly active and intrigued by Hyatt, who is from White Plains, NY and plays his high school basketball at Archbishop Stepinac. Hyatt, a four-star recruit, has offers from Iona, La Salle, St. John's, Manhattan and Saint Louis. The Johnnies have watched him on the Nike EYBL circuit as he is a member of the New York Lightning.
For the class of 2019, New Jersey natives Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine will attend. These are two high quality prospects who's stocks have blown up in recent weeks due to their consistent production on the Under Armour Circuit with Team Rio.
Also, 2019 6'7" small forward Precious Achiuwa (the brother of former Red Storm big God's Gift) has been invited to participate. He attends Our Savior Lutheran School in the Bronx, but other than St. John's, he hasn't picked up much interest on the recruiting trail.
The last two intriguing names on the list include 2020 Che Evans and 2021 Drissa Torres. Evans plays for Team Melo and already stands at 6'5" at the shooting guard position. Torres is the lone player invited from the class of 2021.