Mike Anderson looks to have (verbally) solidified his 2020 recruiting class today.
St. John’s received a commitment from Sumter, SC big man Isaih Moore at the end of his official visit. He will have two years of eligibility remaining once he arrives in the summer of 2020.
After touring Madison Square Garden, seeing the Red Storm practice, and meeting with Posh Alexander and Dylan Wusu — also on their official visits — the JUCO forward saw what he needed, and chose St. John’s.
At 6’10” but slim, Moore brings what looks like a deft shot and strong athleticism to the forward position. A friend and AAU teammate of recent commit Vince Cole, Moore claims interest from some solid programs in the south — Louisiana State, Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi State.
But he chose the city life and St. John’s.
Isaih Moore said LSU, Arkansas, Tulsa, Alabama, Mississippi State were all trying to get him on visits. But idea of playing in NYC for Mike Anderson and joining AAU teammate Vince Cole was perfect spot for him. #sjubb— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) September 29, 2019
At College of Charleston, Moore had intriguing numbers in his limited minutes as a freshman, though blocked from playing time by a number of veteran bigs. He connected on 64% of his 14 shots, drew 16 free throw attempts, blocking 3% of opponent shots and forcing some steals — and rebounding decently on both ends.
It is a small sample size, and he could not find minutes after a blowout win at Siena, playing a total of 4 minutes after that December 18th game. Getting some run at junior college will develop his game and give a hint at what his ceiling can be on the Big East level.
Posh Alexander decided in August, the first 2020 recruit for the Johnnies; guard Vince Cole followed last week; and guard Dylan Wusu decided yesterday. St. John’s should have the 2020 class locked down, though they may continue to entertain talent.
The team is currently one player over the scholarship limit. LJ Figueroa flirted with the idea of the NBA last year, and could again; and college basketball offers many chances for players to choose to move on if they feel they can star somewhere else.