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St. John’s offers 2020 F Isaiah Cottrell

An offer with an eye to the far future.

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St. John’s offered an incoming high school freshman this week named Isaiah Cottrell. He’s an intriguing 6’7” forward from Las Vegas who plays on the Las Vegas Prospects - the same AAU team as KJ Hymes, a 2018 forward that Chris Mullin and the Red Storm have offered.

On Cottrell, from the Las Vegas Sun:

He has only played organized basketball since sixth grade and has moments in which his inexperience, whether it’s a turnover on a bad pass or attempting an awkward-looking shot, is obvious.

What’s also obvious is the talent, coaches say. And Cottrell has the one trait that’s impossible to teach: measurables.

“He’s a good-looking kid already,” Anthony Brown said. “He’s 6-7 with a size-18 shoe. He’s going to get better. He’s going to get stronger.”

There will be built-in expectations for Cottrell, or any player who has major scholarship offers entering high school, to develop into a blue-chip recruit. Those expectations could be magnified at Gorman, where he follows notables such as [Shabazz] Muhammad or [Stephen] Zimmerman....

Here’s a tweet with a highlight of Cottrell:

Cottrell also has offers from UNLV and the University of Pacific. St. John’s is in early, though this offer is obviously not binding in either way - just a show of faith and interest from the Red Storm as they look nationally for Big East stars.