The Red Storm have lacked rebounding this season at times, and while reinforcements are on the way, one more couldn’t hurt, right?
St. John’s has recently had an uptick in interest for a forward named Macellus Earlington from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, who only recently switched from being a two-sport player (football and basketball) to focusing solely on basketball — despite recruiting offers as a defensive end from the likes of Rutgers, Purdue, Louisville and Michigan State.
At 6’5” and around 250 pounds (at least during football season), Earlington doesn’t necessarily look the part of a basketball forward.
But with some skill and a lot of strength, the senior forward from Stony Point, NY may be a very intriguing recruiting prospect for the late 2018 cycle. He has been incredibly productive, winning multiple game/ tournament MVP awards in his years on the hardwood, and puts up points in bunches.
In EYBL play for the NJ Playaz, he averaged 11 points per game, playing 63% of his team’s minutes. Earlington grabbed 12% of available offensive rebounds (a very good number) and 17% of defensive rebounds, shooting 58% inside the arc and 30% from distance (but only 56% from the line).
A description of his game from NJ Hoop Recruit:
Earlington is dominant on the glass. His big frame and high motor allows him to snarl down countless rebounds with ease. On offense, he’s a matchup nightmare. While many traditional frontcourt players do their damage on the block, Earlington is extremely dangerous off the bounce from the wing and high post.
Earlington visited St. John’s unofficially, a week ago.
And yestersday, he kept up with great games.
Marcellus Earlington @realdealcellus of @DonBoscoIronmen @DBFastBreakClub with 19 points 6 rebounds and 6 assists in semifinal win today. Bergen County Jamboree Championship Friday night vs. Bergen Catholic at FDU. #SJUBB @mabde33 pic.twitter.com/9yZObDUwcR— Johnnies Pride (@JohnniesPride) February 19, 2018
A productive player, he can be a Deonte Burton or Paul Harris type — undersized but versatile, and very effective on the glass.
Marcellus Earlington Highlights
EYBL Highlights. Earlington is wearing #22 for the Playaz Basketball Club.
At 6:30 of this full game clip against Dwight Morrow, Marcellus Earlington (#1) gets two offensive rebounds and draws a foul. This after a slick past to the low post.