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Sidney Wilson receives St. John’s offer

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Reclassified local small forward has St. John’s eyes on him.

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Aggressively looking to add talent for the future, Chris Mullin’s staff is targeting a 2018 wing, Sidney Wilson (aka Sid) - a player they’ve been watching for a while.

Wilson was originally in the 2017 class, a 6’7”, 180 pound small forward who was thin but played with a big motor at Bronx’s St. Raymond’s school. The Bronx native has since transferred to Brewster Academy, where Jakarr Sampson played his last year of prep-level ball.

Wilson attended the Elite Camp in the spring, attended the Red-White scrimmage last fall, and was said to have had an offer from St. John’s last year. But, according to SNY, he’s only now becoming a priority...

Despite the fact that he had been a standout in New York City, St. John's had not offered Wilson until Monday when assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih spoke with Wilson.

"I felt like I should have been offered by them but they explained everything to me and we are building a relationship now," Wilson said....

"They didn't have any offer sports left in my class with all the transfers and such and they had offered so many kids there wasn't a spot for me in 2017," Wilson said. "But now that I'm 2018 they wanted to offer me. They said I'm a priority for them in 2018."

Wilson has interest from Texas and offers from Memphis, SMU, Temple, UNLV, and USC. Supposedly Indiana and Rutgers also have interest.

St. John’s has a 2018 small forward in the fold by the name of Bounacar Diakite of the our Savior New American school. At least three forwards will come off the scholarship roll if they finish their eligibility with St. John’s in 2018 - incoming JUCO Bashir Ahmed, Darien Williams, who only played three games last season before bowing out with an injury and Amar Alibegovic.

Can St. John’s land another local wing?