St. John's announced the signing of Philadelphia guard Samir Doughty to a National Letter of Intent, inking the program's first recruit of the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Listed as 6'3", 170 pounds, Steve Lavin calls Doughty "one of the better combo guards in the 2015 class," in a press release. "He has a superb offensive skill set combined with impressive athleticism and body control. Samir is a precise passer with excellent court vision."
Doughty, who visited last weekend for the NJIT game, chose St. John's over Penn State, George Mason, Seton Hall, Lasalle, UNC-Wilmington, Western KY, Bowling Green and James Madison.
Lavin continues: "Samir’s work ethic and basketball knowledge has allowed him to grow his game over time. St. John's has landed a gem, who is just scratching the surface of his full potential," said Lavin.
Doughty averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists per game at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School.
Along with Italian scoring guard Federico Mussini, St. John's is in pursuit of top-50 players Cheick Diallo and Brandon Sampson, plus JUCO forward DeShawn Freeman; other names will emerge in the next weeks.
The team has at least six more scholarships to fill, with a likelihood of eight left after Doughty; Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan are expected to consider their professional options after this season.