St. John's has zero scholarships remaining for 2017 and must open a slot for committed big man Zach Brown. But they aren't pulling out of the race to add coveted 2017 PSA Cardinals power forward Hasahn French.
French, a native of Springfield, MA, cut his list down to 13 (really?) schools on Friday afternoon, with St. John's making the cut.
Thank you to all the schools that have offered me a scholarship, this will be the final schools in my recruitment pic.twitter.com/awQckzbcPv— Has ™ (@Hasahn22) July 29, 2016
Temple, UMass, Providence, Saint Louis, VCU, Minnesota, UNLV, USC, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, Marquette and Arizona State all join the Johnnies in the "Final 13."
French is not currently ranked in ESPN's top 100, but he is the 5th best player in the state of Massachusetts and is the 36th best power forward in the country. He performed well on the Nike EYBL Circuit this summer, where he averaged 6.8 points, shot 50 percent from the field, grabbed 7.5 rebounds, and blocked 1.4 shots in 20 total games. At Peach Jam alone, French averaged 5.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Cardinals, who lost in the title game to Mokan Elite.
The 6'7" three-star talent has an old school big man game, as he uses his strength, toughness, power, and aggressiveness to bully opposing bigs in the painted area. French is a decent defender (because of his ability to block shots and help from the weak side), and has solid touch around the rim on the offensive end.
If he can develop a more consistent jump shot (even if it's from mid-range), there's no question that the Commonwealth Academy prospect can play at any level in college.
French would add another powerful big man to St. John's front court. Between Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark Jr., Brown and French, the Red Storm would completely overcome the lack of strength that is expected to impact the 2016-17 team.
He also has the ability to run the floor and make plays in transition, which directly correlates to the Johnnies' style of play.
Even though St. John's doesn't have any scholarships remaining, things can change quickly due to transfers, injuries, and professional opportunities. If Chris Mullin really wants to reel in another plus athlete and rebounder, he is capable of doing so.