Five-Star's Big Board: St. John's
Verbal commitments, signings and priority targets
Over the course of the college season, Five-Star will be on the grind, gathering recruiting intelligence for some of the nation's premier programs -- outlining each team's current roster and program needs, commitments and signees, and top recruiting targets for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes.
Today, we'll peek inside the St. John's war room and answer the following questions: What are the team's immediate and longer-term needs? Who are the Johnnies after? Which players have already decided to take their talents to Queens?
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The Big Board: Verbal Commitments, Signings and Priority Targets
|Guards||Darrick Wood||Rysheed Jordan
Current Roster and Program Needs:
Immediate Needs – 2012
- The Johnnies have only seven scholarship players on the roster and need to address several areas for next season. With the addition of Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch for next December, they appear to have solved their point guard problem. The Johnnies have a number of young off guards and wing players in Moe Harkless, D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer and Amir Garrett, yet St. John's lacks depth and size in the frontcourt. Thus, they are focused on players like 6-8 JaKarr Sampson, 6-8 Ricardo Gathers, 6-9 Chris Obekpa and 6-9 Orlando Sanchez, all of whom will sign late.
Longer Term Needs – 2013
- St. John's must continue to add to its roster going forward and is targeting several local players, including 6-9 forward Jermaine Lawrence, who recently left Queens Cardozo for Pope John (Sparta, N.J.), and Philly Vaux Roberts point guard Rysheed Jordan.
- Isaiah Whitehead, 6'4", SG, Brooklyn Lincoln
Harrison Sanford is a reporter for Fivestarbasketball.com. Follow him Twitter: @HarrisonSanford