In college basketball March is known as the craziest month on the court, with St. John's likely to make the NCAA Tournament.
However, St. John's has also has had an exciting month off the court. This month, St. John's has already gotten one verbal commitment and has expressed interest in many other players.
Sammy Barnes Thompkins (2015, G, Phoenix, AZ)
Welcome to St. John's, Sammy. Thompkins, who committed to St. John's on March 8, a 6'2 guard from Arizona who is known for his scoring ability. He has played at Phoenix Sunnyslope and Planet Athlete National Prep the past two seasons. Thompkins began to gain interest from St. John's after he scored 32 point against national power Findlay Prep (AZ).
Barnes is undersized for the two-guard position, but this should not be a major problem in the Big East. Thompkins joins Samir Doughty, and Brandon Sampson in St. John's 2015 class.
Craig Randall (2015, G, Phoenix, AZ)
Randall, who is originally from Ohio, is a 6'4 guard who currently plays for Shadow Mountain in Arizona. Former Sacramento King Mike Bibby is the team's assistant coach.
St. John's officially made Randall an offer in late February, but has been interested in his skills for some time. Randall advertises as a point guard, but his strengths lie in his shooting touch. This season Randall is averaging 21.2 points, 5.6 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
The three star guard is also considering UTEP, Minnesota, Louisiana Tech, TCU, Cal, Missouri and Ole Miss. He is planning to visit St. John's in the spring.
Craig Randall highlights
Trey Dickerson (2015 Transfer from Iowa)
Per Zagsblog, the Johnnies are interested in Iowa transfer and former JUCO star from Queens Trey Dickerson. He went to Iowa but fell down the depth chart, only earning spot minutes for the Hawkeyes.
The Dickerson told SNY.tv that Clemson, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Iona, Houston, Missouri State, and Miami are interested along with St. John's.
Coming into college, Dickerson had three years of eligibility remaining - so he should have two more years left.
From the Iowa press release after he was signed:
Dickerson finished his prep schooling at God's Academy (Texas) and played his freshman year of collegiate basketball at Williston State College in North Dakota. Dickerson led the Tetons to a 27-6 overall record and 9-1 in conference play.
Last season, Dickerson averaged 19.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29 games played. Dickerson is rated as the No. 1 point guard and 10th overall prospect in junior college according to 247Sports. His efforts earned him third team all-America honors by the NJCAA and MVP of the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference.
Dickerson also played high school ball in California.
Marcus LoVett (2015, G, Chicago, IL)
St. John's has been interested in LoVett for a while now and many believe they are the favorites to land him. In a recent interview with SNY.tv LoVett's father said, "Basically it's St. John's, there's nobody else."
LoVett is the type of exciting player that can attract a lot of attention. He plans to make his decision after the season, after originally stating he would decide this week.
St. John's and Illinois appear to be the two candidates with St. John's having been the recent leader, but LoVett hasn't even visited St. John's. The issue is that LoVett has taken neither the ACT or SAT, and a prospect cannot take an official visit until he has a score from one of those two tests.
There are significant questions about whether or not LoVett's has a transcript capable of qualifying but Irvin is adamant that LoVett will be a qualifier.