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Recruiting: St. John's Elite Camp draws young local talent

Competition and exposure to the school and staff. But it's only a step towards getting the commitment.

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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 "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:

Look at all those prep players.

St. Raymond's coach was there.

Stepinac was in the house.

St John's Elite Camp watching my boy Aundre and all the elite talent here in NYC

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Marcus LoVett's little brother, Zekiah LoVett, was there, too.

Xaverian is coming back with high level players?

Well, except for Jordan Tucker, the Stepinac wing, who couldn't make it because of finals.