This evening, Georgia guard Malik Beasley, a top target of Steve Lavin's recruiting efforts, made his college decision.
He has committed to Florida State.
I am truly blessed to say that I have committed to Florida State University— MB5™ (@MaLiKK_5) September 5, 2014
FSU is putting together an unbelievable recruiting class with Terance Mann, Malik Beasley, and now Dwayne Bacon.— NextUpRecruits.com (@NextUpRecruits) September 6, 2014
"Coach [Leonard] Hamilton is a great coach and we have a strong relationship, plus playing in the ACC makes it all a great situation for me," Beasley said to ESPN, also citing the family atmosphere at FSU.
St. John's hit the recruiting trails hard this summer, hoping to return with a haul of talented guards to replenish the Red Storm men's basketball roster. So far, Tyler Dorsey, a top west coast guard, has trimmed his list. Local guard Dupree McBrayer chose Minnesota. And now, Malik Beasley - who had visited St. John's on an unofficial visit - has decided to stay in the south.
The staff continues to pursue top-25 New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe, who will make his college decision in the spring, and top-100 scoring guard Branson Sampson from Louisiana. And there are junior college players such as Tanksley Efianayi in the mix.
St. John's will need to replace D`Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene IV, Sir`Dominic Pointer, Jamal Branch - and likely Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa as well. Lavin has had late recruiting magic with the Johnnies - will his run continue?