For the last slot in the 2018 recruiting class, a theme has emerged for Chris Mullin and his staff.
Take, for example, the comments from forward Jordan Brown, recently named to the USA Today preseason All-American team as he opens his senior season at Prolific Prep HS. (Brown will also play in the high-level HoopFest Tournament tomorrow and on Saturday in Kentucky.)
He spoke about his recruitment to Hoop Seen:
“St. John’s is looking for another 4 man. They have some nice guards right now, but they are really looking for some more bigs to come in and help in the post and spread the floor. They want me to come in and play right away.”
Brown, a top-50 player, would address an on-court issue for the Johnnies, the ability to establish interior position and get scores in the post in half court sets.
This is also why the Red Storm have been in pursuit of J’Raan Brooks, who recently received an offer to Texas A&M. He, too, is a skilled post player who would likely see time next season. Brooks is slated to visit St. John’s in December.
In other news, Class of 2019 recruit Kahlil Whitney, a 6’5” wing from Chicago who is playing on the east coast at Roselle Catholic HS, is looking to play a bigger, more aggressive offensive role this season.
Whitney tells Made Hoops that he will be visiting St. John’s “soon”, and has been pursued by Georgetown, UConn, Oregon, Syracuse, Miami, Illinois and others. To Zagsblog, Whitney says his interest in St. John’s is partly because “Mullin has a pro-oriented practice. They do a lot of skill development. They pretty much get out and run.”