Before last night’s game, St. John’s received a commitment for Marcellus Earlington, a 6’4” or 6’5” forward from Don Bosco HS in New Jersey for next season.
Yes, Earlington is undersized (sometimes listed as 6’5”). But he has been productive on the high school level in New Jersey.
Julius Kim reached out to Earlington, who told the Rumble he appreciated “an opportunity to play on the biggest stage and play close to home.”
He cited his relationship with the staff as well. Chris Mullin and the staff have told Earlington that “I have limitless potential and I control my own destiny. Also they said I would bring toughness to the team and would be in the rotation next year.”
He also called out the business center (his planned field of study will be business) and the size of the campus, where everything is in walking distance.
On Twitter, Earlington said “St. John’s fans should expect someone who can do it all on the court, score, pass, hustle...whatever is needed. I play with a chip on my shoulder and give 1000% effort every time I step on the court.”
In EYBL summer league play for the NJ Playaz AAU club, 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).
He averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.
As a prospect, Earlington may not elevate the Johnnies to the top of the league — a recruit like Jordan Brown or a grad transfer big man might do more in that aspect — but as a multi-year player, Marcellus Earlington looks to be an intriguing package. Strong, tough, wide and versatile, he fits a multi-positional mold for Chris Mullin’s squad.
Next year’s team looks to be deep at forward, though some stars will need to emerge.
The roster, by positions — listing forwards in a group that could play down low and those that could play on the perimeter:
F/C: Tariq Owens, Sedee Keita, Kassoum Yakwe
F/W: Marvin Clark II, Josh Roberts, Marcellus Earlington, Boubacar Diakite
G: Shamorie Ponds, Justin Simon, Mikey Dixon, Bryan Trimble Jr., Greg Williams
St. John’s currently has one more open scholarship, barring any transfers.