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Recruiting: prominent St. John’s targets are gaining national notice

St. John’s knows their targets, but players are still weighing their options.

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The waiting is the hardest part.
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The summer is less about learning about new targets and more about waiting for decisions.

Luther Muhammad looks like his commitment won’t happen late in the summer after all, since he now has visits planned to Xavier, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Muhammad, a 6’4” guard who plays high school ball at Hudson Catholic and summer ball with the NY Rens on the Nike circuit, has already visited Notre Dame (which has already received commits from three four-star guards in the class of 2018) and St. John’s.

Chris Mullin and his staff feel confident in the program’s ability to land the tough Jersey guard, but the longer these things drag out, the more things can change.

Muhammad also discussed what St. John’s expects of him in conversation with Julius Kim of Elevate Hoops:

He also broke down what has been going on and went into detail about St. John’s and Notre Dame.

St. John’s: “Basically come in ready to go… I know I say this every interview but come in from day one and being ready to go. They’re going to put me in a lot of ball screens, let me make reads. They got trust in me from day one to make the right reads, come off ball screens and basically play my A-game and be ready to work from day one.”

For those hoping for Bol Bol, the 2018 five-star prospect who is the son of Chris Mullin’s friend Manute Bol (before the elder Bol passed away), to choose to come to St. John’s, the current scuttlebutt seems to have him with eyes towards staying in Southern California.

Bol started his high school career in Kansas but moved to Mater Dei High School in the Los Angeles area midway through his junior season.

USC Coach Andy Enfield, who has been a regular at Bol’s games this summer and was there alongside Calipari, Miller and Oregon Coach Dana Altman on Thursday night, will now have him in the Trojans’ backyard for the rest of his high school career. That could pay off by the time Bol is ready to make a decision...

....“I think his ties are strong in Southern California. The fact that he’s there now … it’s huge. The more I thought about it, the likelihood of him staying there seemed pretty high.”

Meanwhile, five-star wing Nassir Little from Florida continues to collect offers (Ohio State, Arizona, among others).

And Moses Brown of Archbishop Molloy - who St. John’s has a chance with - discusses his dislike of the one and done rule when asked by TMZ Sports.

In the class of 2019, some news about a pair of intriguing local prospects, Aidan Igiehon and Jalen Lecque.

First, on the improvements in 6’10” Irish big man, Aidan Igiehon, who plays high school ball at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, just over the Nassau County border:

A native of Ireland, Aidan Igiehon has steadily improved over his three years in America, but, at the Elite100, finally got noticed by a mass audience. A former soccer player, 6'10" Aidan brings excellent athleticism and footwork with the versatility of being able to play either the four or the five, depending on the personnel. With his strong physique, lateral quickness, and superior intellect, he continues to improve on the defensive end of containing and anticipating movements of his man.

....Igiehon, who plays for the Lightning on the EYBL Circuit, has heard from Arizona, Harvard, Indiana, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Yale, Stanford, Pitt, Rutgers, Miami, Duke, and Ohio State.

Well. That’s a big list of names for a kid who is blowing up. He has a lot of offers as well.

Jalen Lecque, a 6’4” guard who transferred from Bronx’s Monsignor Scanlan to The Christ School in North Carolina, received an offer from Illinois (who also offered Igiehon).