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Recruiting profile: Posh Alexander

St. John’s hopes to land a commitment from the tough New York point guard to kick off the 2020 recruiting class.

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Tonight, 2020 point guard Posh Alexander of Our Savior Lutheran in the Bronx will make his college decision, choosing between St. John’s, Seton Hall, Dayton, Illinois and Connecticut.

St. John’s, in new head coach Mike Anderson’s first offseason, is looking for a big-time commit to power what should be a fast-paced offense. Will it be a match?

St. John’s hopes so.

From Brooklyn, Alexander plays in the Bronx for his high school ball and summer AAU ball for the NY Lightning program.

Alexander, listed variously between 5’11” and 6’2” (by the Nike EYBL), has been a solidly-known prospect for years. He has played multiple years in the EYBL circuit. He has played in the NBA Top-100 camp and the Pangos All-American camp.

The previous staff under Chris Mullin hosted him on unofficial visits. He was ranked in the top-50 by ESPN last year and top-75 in 247 Sports composite, though both rankings have dropped since he missed much of the school season after breaking his arm in a game in December.

Red Storm fans are on pins and needles, given the rumors/ predictions that he will commit to the Johnnies.

Rumors are rumors, however; and Alexander did just visit Seton Hall, a program that had pursued him for a long time.

St. John’s would love for him to be the first commit of 2020; and would love to follow up with other NY-area talents, such as Kadary Richmond, Andre Curbelo, Hassan Diarra, Zed Key, among others.

Barring transfer, St. John’s currently has three scholarships available; Mustapha Heron and Nick Rutherford will graduate, and the Johnnies have a scholarship still available after Eli Wright’s transfer. If the Red Storm take on a sit-out transfer in the middle of the year, that number would be reduced to two.

And as always, there is always the possibility of a player leaving early for professional opportunities or transferring for more playing time.

Scouting Posh Alexander

Posh Alexander has the hops, strength and quickness to be an impact player in Division I. Mike Anderson’s pressure system can always use strong-bodied, aggressive guards, and Alexander is an aggressive slasher with a nice handle.

Alexander did not shoot well from outside the arc in Nike EYBL play last year or this season. He shot 29% in 2018 and 22% in 2019 from beyond the arc.

But his free throw shooting improved from 66% to 73%, and his ability to dish out assists is hard to question. This year, was sidelined with an injury but made it back for summer, continuing to play a physical brand of ball.

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