Seems like the reaction to the St. John's Elite Camp - and the roster of elite players from the next five high school classes who play in the area - was generally strong.
Adam Zagoria got an excellent quote from Scottie Lewis, a 2019 guard from the Ranney school that St. John's is pursuing with gusto.
"With the team that I was on, they weren't playing the way they were supposed to play and [Mullin] pulled me aside and told me to keep my head and that they've been keeping a good eye on me, and that I play the game correctly," Lewis, a 6-foot-5 Class of 2019 shooting guard from the Ranney (N.J.) School, told SNY.tv. "He basically calmed me down and told me to be a captain and take leadership."
At the very least, that kind of interaction between player and coach can show prospects the kind of connection they need to see from their future college coach, show them how he interacts with people, how the staff interacts with players.
It doesn't mean St. John's is going to land all of those players. But it's great publicity during a mellow time in the recruiting calendar.
In tweets/ images:
St. John's is having an Elite Camp today & hosting a ton of top 100 prospects.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 8, 2016
Naz Reid taking unofficial visit to St John's today per source before elite camp. #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) June 8, 2016
Two additions to loaded St. John's elite camp: The Patrick School's Nick Richards and Christ the King freshman Kofi Cockburn. #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) June 8, 2016
Look at all those prep players.
Great turnout for NYC Basketball. People can't deny the talent in this city #sjubb pic.twitter.com/7zOYrzGsss— Matt Abdelmassih (@mabde33) June 8, 2016
St. Raymond's coach was there.
@ St John's Elite Camp w the staff and Sid Wilson, Isaiah Washington, Dallas Watson, Darius Lee, Nick Rivera and Omar Silverio #ravens— Coach Joe Amelio (@jamelio1230) June 8, 2016
Stepinac was in the house.
Great effort from Sophomores- Aundre Hyatt/Payton Hudson and Freshmen - Tristan Isaac at @StJohnsBBall Elite Camp last night! #Stepinac— Stepinac Basketball (@step_basketball) June 9, 2016
Marcus LoVett's little brother, Zekiah LoVett, was there, too.
Xaverian is coming back with high level players?
Zack Bruno and Khalil Rhodes are both at St John's camp as well. Starting backcourt for city champion Xaverian HS, Chris Mullin's alma mater— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 8, 2016
@mikebrenn Any kid that is a somebody in this area from rising seniors down was there I've been told.— Ken Gucc Robinson (@Guccbball) June 9, 2016
Well, except for Jordan Tucker, the Stepinac wing, who couldn't make it because of finals.
Loaded St. John's camp but 2017 Jordan Tucker @Therealjtucks can't make it due to finals. https://t.co/EWZmTE67GK— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 8, 2016