With 2017 wing Andre Rafus cutting his list down to seven and Sidney Wilson reclassifying, St. John's turns it's full attention to the class of 2018 and 2019 for the second July live recruiting period.
The biggest event of the week is taking place in Georgia, where the best teams on the Under Armour Circuit are competing in the Finals. Although this is a step down from Peach Jam (Nike EYBL), the UAA Circuit is loaded with talented prospects in both their U17 and U16 group.
Who are the prospects that Chris Mullin and his staff are eyeing, and how are they playing through the first two days of the event?
2018 G Eric Ayala (WE R1)
Ayala, who plays his high school basketball at Putnam Science Academy in CT and is currently labeled as a three-star recruit, has had an outstanding start to the UAA Finals.
In WE R1's first game of the tournament against the Indy Hoosiers, Ayala scored 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, hitting 4-of-7 threes. Ayala followed up that performance with another efficient outing as he scored 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He grabbed eight rebounds in both games.
2018 SF Sidney Wilson (New Heights)
Wilson had an excellent weekend during the first July live recruiting period at BasketBull in Springfield, but he has put on a show during the first two days of the UAA Finals. The 6'7" New York native has scored 67 points in three games against the Houston Defenders, KC RUN GMC and Team Thad. The most impressive part is that Wilson hit just one three in three games, scoring most of his points in and around the rim.
The New Heights prospect has elite length, athleticism and upside, and the Johnnies are making him a priority for the class of 2018.
Rick Pitino, Chris Mullin, Mick Cronin, Kevin Willard, Richard Pitino, Will Wade, others here for New Heights. #UAAFinals— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 14, 2016
2018 PG Jahvon Quinerly (Sports U)
Because Sports U's U16 team is so loaded - it's starting five is all likely to play Division I college basketball - it's difficult for the individual prospects to put up major numbers. Their 6'1" point guard from New Jersey scored in double figures in all three of their outings in the UAA Finals though.
Quinerly dropped 20 points against Earl Watson Elite (8-of-11 shooting), 17 against the Florida Vipers, and 17 against New Heights. The downside is that Quinerly didn't have more than five assists in any of the three games, and shot an inefficient 3-of-11 in the battle with the U16 version of New Heights (not the team Wilson plays for).
2018 F Naz Reid (Sports U)
Reid is the gem of the 2018 class as he is ranked 4th in ESPN's top 100 and is labeled as a five-star recruit from New Jersey. The 6'10", 240 pound power forward has offers from virtually every major program in the country, so there will be a massive level of competition for his services.
The Sports U prospect suffered a leg/knee injury last week, but returned to action in the team's second game against the Vipers. Reid scored only eight points, but shot 50 percent from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds in the Sports U's win.
2018 PF Bol Bol (KC Run GMC)
Bol, a 6'10" big man from Kansas and Bishop Miege High School, is the son of former 7'7" NBA player Manute Bol. He is ranked 20th in ESPN's top 60 for the class of 2018 and is labeled as a five-star recruit because of his size, length, ability to run the floor and touch around the rim. St. John's has extended an offer already, along with Creighton, Kansas and New Mexico State.
In the UAA Finals, Bol has scored a combined 39 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in two games, 19 and nine against 1Nation and 20 and nine versus Team Breakdown. He shot an efficient 67 percent from the field, using his soft hands and ability to operate on the block to finish around the cup.
2018 SG Luther Muhammad (Sports U)
Muhammad, a 6'4", 185 pound prospect from Jersey City, NJ, plays alongside Quinerly in the Sports U backcourt. He scored 10 points against Earl Watson Elite, 15 versus the Florida Vipers, and completed the first two days of the tournament with an eight point outing at the hands of New Heights.
The four-star recruit is an average playmaker/passer from the off-guard position though, as he dished out just four assists over the course of the first two days.
2019 G Scottie Lewis (Team Rio)
One of the more intriguing team's on the entire circuit is Team Rio, due to their dynamic backcourt duo that is already beginning to blow up three years before they are set to play college basketball.
Lewis is the table setter of the two, as he is a terrific passer who relies on his speed and quickness to make plays on the offensive end of the floor.
The 6'5" lead guard had a big scoring night against the Houston Defenders, putting up 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while also dishing out four assists. Lewis also had 15 points in a match-up against Louisiana Elite and only eight points (on 2-of-7 shooting) versus Texas Hard Work.
With great size and length for a point guard, Lewis was able to swat four shots in one game and grab four steals in another.
We've got St. John's, Baylor, Texas A&M, Maryland, UConn, Florida watching Team Rio with Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine— Jack LeGwin (@jacklegwin) July 14, 2016
2019 G Bryan Antoine (Team Rio)
Antoine is the scorer of the group. He can launch it from deep, put the ball on the deck, finish at the rim or get to the free throw line. He's also a very solid defender who plays hard and has a decent feel for the game at a young age.
But his bread-and-butter comes at the offensive end of the floor where he scored 45 points in Team Rio's first three games. Antoine shot a combined 5-of-11 from three and a really efficient 29-of-36 from the field overall.
Throw in his rebounding numbers, 19 combined in three games, and Antoine was the more impressive backcourt talent.