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Luther Muhammad verbally commits to Ohio State

St. John’s losses out on a key target.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Minnesota Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

According to his Twitter page, class of 2018 guard Luther Muhammad has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Muhammad has been a St. John’s target for years. He has been widely considered a four-star prospect as a member of the NY Rens AAU team.

Just this summer, Muhammad officially visited St. John’s. Briefly following his visit, it had seemed that momentum was in the Red Storm’s camp. The recruiting efforts were lead by both head coach Chris Mullin and coach Matt Abdelmassih.

Current Buckeye coach Chris Holtmann recruited Muhammad heavily while at Butler. Keeping up with the 6-foot-4 New Jersey guard has proved to be worth it for Holtmann.

Muhammad is an above average shooter who can create his own jump shot. He hit 41% of his threes with Sports U this spring and 37% with the NY Rens, while assisting on more shots with the Rens.

Additionally, Eric Bossi, lead basketball analyst at Rivals, discussed Muhammad’s vast potential as a defender.

St. John’s still has a few options in the 2018 recruiting class. The most notable piece would be five-star forward Jordan Brown. Mullin has kept tabs on Brown throughout September, engaging in a few coach visits with Brown.

All in all, this is certainly a blow for the St. John’s staff. Still, there are plenty of opportunities to fill the Red Storm roster with high level talent.

Best of luck to Muhammad at Ohio State.