This is the weekend where J’Raan Brooks comes to visit St. John’s on his official visit. He will be around to see New York City, enjoy the balmy weather and see the Johnnies in Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, playing the Holiday festival against the Iona Gaels.
Brooks, a top-100 forward (ranked 79 by ESPN and 77 by 247Sports), decommitted from USC a few months ago, after an FBI investigation resulted in a charge for Southern Cal assistant Tony Bland, their top recruiter.
From San Diego originally and now living in Seattle, Washington, Brooks is a smooth and versatile forward who can score in the post and mid-range, skills sorely needed for Chris Mullin’s St. John’s squad next season.
Playing for Dream Vision (adidas) on the AAU circuit last summer, Brooks was a high-usage (25% of the team’s shots were taken by him) forward who rebounded on the defensive end solidly (20% D-rebound rate). He shot 61% inside the arc and 61% at the free throw line.
J’Raan Brooks highlights
A look at J’Raan Brooks’s versatility and fluidity in the post.
A longer set of highlights from AAU play with Dream Vision.
For a deeper dive, watch the state championship game between garfield and Nathan Hale (and Michael Porter Jr.) last year. Watch #33 in the white.
Or see the regional between Garfield and Stanwood. Once again, look at #33 in the white.
Other recruiting notes
St. John’s offered shooting wing Lester Quinones, who moved from Long Island’s Upper Room Christian School to St. Benedict’s, where he plays next to St. John’s target Precious Achiuwa.
Matt Abdelmassih saw Quinones and Achiuwa this week, along with Posh Alexander, who plays at Our Savior New American. Abdelmassih also saw Chicago-born, New Jersey resident Khalil Whitney at Roselle Catholic.
In a busy week, Abdelmassih also saw Aidan Igiehon, a powerful forward, and also checked in on center Kofi Cockburn and Moussa Cisse.
St. John’s saw forward Jordan Brown, a five-star prospect from California, this week. Chris Mullin and Greg St. Jean went to speak to the talented forward who will decide in the spring.