St. John's continues to focus their recruiting efforts on the class of 2018.
In a matter of two days, Chris Mullin and company have extended offers to three 2018 MoKan Elite (KS) prospects: Ed Chang, Keenan Fitzmorris and Carte'are Gordon.
Excited to announce that I have received my 3rd offer from St.Johns University #RedStorm #BigEast ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/W8iTRn7nnQ— edchang (@EdChang_1) June 5, 2016
Blessed to receive my first offer from St. John's! #RedStorm #StJohn'sBball pic.twitter.com/pJkcPaHCQt— Keenan Fitzmorris (@keenaninks) June 6, 2016
Blessed To Have Received Another Offer from St.Johns! #GoThunderbirds— Carteare Gordon (@CarteareGordon) June 5, 2016
Chang is a three-star power forward who plays at Papillion-La Vista Senior High School. He has solid size at 6'7" and can play both forward positions, but Chang will need to bulk up (just 175 pounds) before his college career begins. He can shoot the ball from the perimeter and is a triple-double threat every time he hits the floor at the high school level.
As expected, the Nebraska native has offers from the Huskers and the Creighton Bluejays.
Fitzmorris is a 6'10", 190 pound center from Lenexa, KS, who currently has interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Missouri State. As he mentioned in his tweet, St. John's was the first school to offer him a scholarship, putting the Red Storm in a solid early position.
He is currently rated as a three-star recruit by Future150, but has not picked up any steam nationally.
Gordon, a 6'8", 235 pound power forward, is the best of the bunch. He is labeled as a four-star recruit and is the top ranked big man in the state of Missouri.
The St. John Vianney High School prospect brings a unique level of strength and physicality for his age. Gordon is certainly not done growing so he is capable of molding into a center at the next level.
The Kirkwood, MO native has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue and Saint Louis. He has interest from Notre Dame, SMU, Stanford and Wichita State.
Meanwhile, this is a smart tactic by the Red Storm.
Matt Abdelmassih was an elite recruiter at Iowa State so he is familiar with MoKan Elite and the Kansas City area. Even if the Johnnies aren't able to reel in any of these three prospects, it would be promising if they are able to build a relationship with the AAU program for additions even further down the road.
While the Johnnies want to dominate the New York City area, it's also important that they are expanding their options overseas and across the country. You cannot build a program by recruiting in one region and Mullin is smartly using his staff's connections to his team's advantage.