St. John’s basketball continues offer spree to New Jersey prospects

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The St. John’s basketball program continued its offer spree to New Jersey prospects by extending a scholarship to Trey Patterson of Rutgers Prep.

Mike Anderson and his coaching staff are looking to keep the New York-based prospects close to home and the Red Storm are trying to make a late push for one of the best in the tristate area.

Pat Lawless reported on Thursday night that St. John’s extended an offer to Trey Patterson, a 6-foot-8 small forward in the Class of 2021.

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Patterson is a Somerset, New Jersey native, just over an hour away from the St. John’s campus, and a standout at Rutgers Preparatory High School.

Listed as a four-star recruit, Patterson is ranked as the No. 37 player, No. 8 small forward, and No. 2 prospect in the state of New Jersey, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

Trey Patterson has a long list of suitors that include Florida, Indiana, Auburn, Arizona State, Rutgers, and others as well as Big East foes Connecticut, Villanova, Georgetown, and Xavier.

St. John’s offer to the small forward comes on the heels of extending offers his fellow New Jersey prospects, Jalen Bradberry and Will Richardson, who are respectively in the Class of 2021 and 2022.

The Red Storm currently do not have any commits for the Class of 2021 but Mike Anderson and the coaching staff are certainly hitting the recruiting trail hard and looking for the next crop of stars to take the court at Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden.

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On paper the Johnnies will lose LJ Figueroa, Rasheem Dunn, and Arnaldo Toro after the 2020-21 season, as the former two will be heavily relied upon next season to shoulder the scoring load for St. John’s.

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As for the first true recruiting class under Mike Anderson, St. John’s will bring in four prospects, split between the high school and JUCO route and is ranked as the No. 77 class in the nation and No. 6 in the Big East, according to 247 Sports.