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Four-star forward J’Raan Brooks commits to St. John’s

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Star forward from the west ends his recruitment early

Wendell Cruz

Late on Christmas Eve, the St. John’s received the surprise gift of talent in the form of 2018 four-star Garfield High forward J’Raan Brooks.

Brooks, ranked 77 in the 247Sports composite rankings, is a talented forward who is expected to earn major minutes as a freshman for the Johnnies.

Brooks, a 6’8” senior forward playing for a stacked Garfield High team in Seattle in his senior year, has been scoring 13 points per game this high school season per the Seattle Times.

Brooks had been committed to Southern California, but the departure of the team’s lead recruiter during an FBI investigation led him to look at other options.

St. John’s offered in the fall. Brooks came to New York to see the Holiday Festival against Iona. Brooks had said he had a great visit, as most recruits do, and some of the Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports guessed St. John’s, but the commitment is a welcome surprise, solidifying the 2018 roster.

From San Diego originally and now living in Seattle, Washington, Brooks is a smooth and versatile forward who can run the floor, has strong post moves and a mid-range jump shot.

In AAU play, Brooks was a high-usage (25% of the team’s shots) forward who rebounded on the defensive end (20% defensive rebound rate) for Dream Vision. He shot 61% inside the arc and 61% at the free throw line. He also played in the NBPA Top 100 summer invitational.

The Red Storm, assuming all the players return, will have a full roster of 13 scholarship players in 2018 - 4 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 3 juniors and 3 seniors.

The addition of J’Raan Brooks adds to the two incoming freshmen, Josh Roberts from Montverde Academy and Greg Williams from Lafayette Christian Academy.

Boubacar Diakite, a wing from Our Savior New American, is on campus recovering from a knee injury, and will be a freshman next season.

Talented sophomore transfers Sedee Keita (who last played at Carolina) and Mikey Dixon (who last played at Quinnipiac) will see major minutes.

Those six new players will join sophomore Bryan Trimble, Jr., juniors Shamorie Ponds, Marcus LoVett, Justin Simon, and seniors Marvin Clark II, Tariq Owens, Kassoum Yakwe for Mullin’s team.

There will be a lot of size and versatility next season.