Last night kicked off the July live recruiting period for basketball, and St. John's has four coaches out on the road checking out prospects for the 2017, 2018, 2019 classes and beyond.
Yes, four coaches, despite Barry Rohrssen and St. John's working on a buyout; Director of Operations Dan Matic, with a long career that includes being an AAU head coach, is on the road for the Red Storm in the fourth assistant slot along with Chris Mullin, Matt Abdelmassih and Greg St. Jean.
Here are some Day One recruiting notes - at least the ones relevant to St. John's - which include a strong performance from forward Hasahn French, who the Johnnies have been hot on.
Naz Reid, the 6'9" Roselle Catholic center, drew some attention from Kentucky at the Under Armour All-American Camp. Chris Mullin is there today to watch Reid and others. Conveniently, St. John's forward Kassoum Yakwe happens to be one of the college counselors there, as well.
Hasahn French/ Cole Anthony, PSA Cardinals
In South Carolina, close enough to Georgia for the name to stick, the Nike Peach Jam has the PSA Cardinals, who rolled to an 89-79 win over Nike South Beach in their first game.
Hasahn French may not have been a boldface name on a squad with Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green and Cole Anthony (who the Johnnies have been watching as well), but he played well. The strong forward added 10 points (fourth on the team in scoring - 3/5 from the field, 60%, and 4/8 from the free throw line, 50%), eight rebounds (six offensive), a steal, an assist, three blocks and a turnover.
The pundits took note of his physicality:
NFL scouts need to stop Augusta this weekend. Hasahn French may be the second of Antonio Gates. Lefty bulldog with a chip— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) July 6, 2016
Cole Anthony, playing next to one of the nation's most coveted 2017 point guards in Quade Green, had 17 points on 5/11 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Anthony is a 2019 guard who is playing with prospects two years his senior and playing well; he should be an elite prospect in 2019.
French, a 2017 prospect, is a burst pf physicality that St. John’s might need next year, given what projects to be a skillful but at times small squad. No, there is not a scholarship for French at the moment, but a number of things could shake out, given the structure of the roster.
And there are highlights! French is #25 in white, and Anthony is #2.
MoKan Elite’s Carte’Are Gordon, Keenan Fitzmorris
Carte'Are Gordon, the Mokan Elite forward, played last night as well in his team's 105-74 victory over the King James All Stars. He scored 15 points on 7/9 shooting, with three rebounds, an assist, a turnover and a steal.
In the 16U game, a level below the main Peach Jam draw, the 2018 forward Keenan Fitzmorris played well for the Mokan Elite side in that group:
Fitzmorris, a lanky 6-foot-11 center out of Kansas City, shined in his team’s first game against Mac Irvin Fire. The high-energy player holds offers from Wichita State, Texas Tech and St. John’s, played well with Shocker head coach Gregg Marshall in attendance. Fitzmorris not only showed a smooth stroke from mid-range and the free-throw line, but also near the rim with numerous dunks and finishes.