ESPN released their top 100 men's basketball players for 2016. St. John's has been targeting high-end players to fill the four (at least) scholarships that the program will have, hoping to make a big splash in recruiting and build on that talent.
Here is the list of targets St. John's has offered or communicated with on the ESPN list.
#8 Edrice Adebayo - a powerful PF from North Carolina, he received an offer from St. John's in April soon after Chris Mullin was brought in to the program. he is said to be a developed inside scorer who competes hard - like Cheick Diallo, perhaps, with less rebounding but more scoring?
#22 Rawle Alkins - a guard from Brooklyn who plays at Christ the King, Alkins overpowers defenders and can pass as well. Alkins has interest from most of the nation's best programs, including Duke, Louisville and Texas.
#26 Mustapha Heron - a formner Pittsburgh commit, the G from Connecticut is a big wing with an explosive ability to finish. He's been considered a top 100 player for years, and was recruited to Pittsburgh by current St. John's Associate Head Coach Barry Rohrssen.
#30 Maverick Rowan - SF from Florida and the son of former St. John's player Ron Rowan, Maverick is a scoring wing (with great skill and considered slow... like a certain head coach was during his playing days) who may reclassify to 2015.
#52 Tony Carr - PG from Philadelphia, Carr has emerged more recently as a high-level prospect.
#56 Bruce Brown - a SG from Massachusetts, Brown is a player who can score and attack, but needs to improve his dribble and perimeter scoring.
#67 Shamorie Ponds - a G from Brooklyn, Ponds stands only six feet tall but is a lefty who can score all over the court and create his shots. More on Ponds in our interview with his high school coach.
#100 Kassoum Yakwe - a PF from Our Savior New American, it's a surprise to see him ranked so low on the list considering his long interest from the likes of Kansas St. John's and many other high-major programs. Is it because he's 6'7" but a post player with inconsistent range? Or because the pool of 2016 players is deep?