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St. John’s Looks to be in Better Shape Than Once Expected

by Edward Kim | Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014


It has been a crazy few months for the St. John’s men’s basketball program. Let’s review:

  • JaKarr Sampson declares for the NBA Draft (March 25th)
  • Max Hooper requests and received a release to transfer (March 26th)
  • reports Chris Obekpa intends to transfer (April 3rd)
  • Adonis Delarosa verbally commits to St. John’s (April 9th)
  • Chris Obekpa decides he will remain at St. John’s and not transfer (April 18th)

Amidst these student-athlete decisions, rumors also swirled that Phil Greene had contemplated transferring and that Coach Steve Lavin may have been looking to leave. Ultimately, Greene tweeted that he was coming back for his senior season and Lavin quieted rumors by making his mark on the recruiting trail.

Coach Lavin had been getting criticized on discussion boards and Twitter for being a commentator on Fox Sports 1 during the NCAA Tournament. Turns out Lavin had been doing his job as a coach and as a representative of the men’s basketball program. Over the past week, Lavin has met with and heavily recruited for the class of 2014. My only objection would be that Lavin hasn’t recruited well in the NY/NJ area but with a lot of 2015 targets in the area he will have a chance to further enhance his reputation as a recruiter.

Josh Cunningham, 6-7 Foward Chicago Morgan Park
Keith Thomas, 6-8 Forward Westchester Community College
Lou Adams Jr., 6-3 Guard Chicago Orr
Adom Jacko, 6-8 Forward Chaffey (CA) College
Marlon Jones, 6-8 Forward Chicago Orr


Along with the positive recruiting news St. John’s reportedly will once again be adding the Duke Blue Devils to their schedule. St. John’s will return a strong back court with Rysheed Jordan, D’Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene and Jamal Branch. If they can add a few of the above recruits to build up their frontcourt along with Chris Obekpa, Christian Jones, Sir’Dominic Pointer and incoming Adonis Delarosa it may be a fun team to watch in the transitioning Big East.


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