Justyn Mutts does not include St. John’s basketball in Top-3 finalists

Potential St. John's basketball target Justyn Mutts of the Delaware Blue Hens
Potential St. John's basketball target Justyn Mutts of the Delaware Blue Hens /

The St. John’s basketball program was cut from the Top-3 finalists of Delaware graduate transfer Justyn Mutts.

Mike Anderson still has one open scholarship left for the 2020-21 season and it will not be filled by Delaware graduate transfer Justyn Mutts.

Mutts still has two years of eligibility left but has trimmed his three finalists down to Mississippi State, Houston, and Virginia Tech as he announced on his Twitter page.

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There was a long list of potential suitors for the 6-foot-7 forward that hails from Millville, New Jersey.

St. John’s was one of those potential suitors after the program reached out to Mutts following the news that forward LJ Figueroa would enter the transfer portal.

The Red Storm had to hold back their pursuit of many transfers this offseason as the team was under the expectation that Figueroa would return to school for his senior season if he withdrew from the 2020 NBA Draft.

Figueroa has not withdrawn his name yet, and has until early August to do so, but will explore all of his options in the coming weeks, including a potential return to St. John’s, although that does not seem likely at the moment.

Last season Justyn Mutts averaged 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per contest on 53.8 percent shooting and his next destination will be his third school in colligate career.


Other programs such as North Carolina State, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Boston College, St. Bonaventure Tulsa, DePaul, Purdue, and Georgia Southern also reached out to Mutts in his recruitment.

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If St. John’s wants to fill that final scholarship spot, something the team does not have to do, it could be open to taking Figueroa back but there also have been rumblings of a possible reclassification of current junior Franck Kepnang.

Kepnang is the No. 23 overall recruit in the Class of 2021 and St. John’s is firmly in the middle of his recruitment, if not one of the leaders.

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It’s not a done deal that the 6-foot-11 center would commit to the Red Storm or move to the Class of 2020, but it is definitely a possibility that St. John’s fans should be aware of going forward.