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St. John's recruiting update: LoVett and Freeman are targets, Samir Doughty update

St. John's increasing its interest in Marcus LoVett and Deshawn Freeman. Doughty struggles in New York but broke a scoring record earlier in the week

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St. John's has gotten off to an amazing start this year and finds itself in the rankings for the first time since 2011. The Red Storm are now 8-1 after defeating Fordham this past weekend and will play St. Mary's on Friday.

On the recruiting side, the situation has not been as good. Steve Lavin only received one commit in the fall and has a lot of work to do heading into the spring. Hopefully some of the success on the court can help attract recruits to Queens.

Deshawn Freeman (F, JUCO 2015, Hutchinson, KS)

The JUCO forward, who currently attends Hutchinson CC, is having a very impressive season.

Freeman is averaging 21 points, while leading his team to a 12-1 record. His brilliant play is attracting interest from many schools including Rutgers, who has been very active lately. He will visit Rutgers on December 19 and might visit St. John's the same weekend.

Arizona State, Cincinnati, Nebraska, and Tennessee have also shown interest in the forward.

Marcus LoVett (G, 2015, Chicago, IL)

St. John's still has a need at guard even after signing Samir Doughty. According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, St. John's watched LoVett play earlier this month in Chicago. Kansas, Illinois, Depaul and San Diego State have also extended offers to the guard.

Samir Doughty (G, 2015, Philadelphia, PA - commit)

The St. John's commit was in town this past weekend for a game against Lincoln. Doughty struggled and finish with 14 points in loss to Lincoln High School.

He was averaging 32 points and 11 rebounds, prior to his team's loss in New York.

In the previous game, he broke his own single-game scoring record, dropping 47 on Meyers High School.