St. John’s basketball showing interest in Class of 2021 PF Jabari West Jr.

The St. John's basketball team plays in an empty Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images).
The St. John's basketball team plays in an empty Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images). /

The St. John’s basketball program is showing interest in a Class of 2021 power forward Jabari West Jr.

Mike Anderson and St. John’s are also showing interest in another Arkansas native who is flying under the radar in the Class of 2021.

Days after the Red Storm showed some lingering interest in Class of 2022 forward Creed Williamson, the Johnnies are also kicking the tired on Jabari West Jr. 

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West Jr. is a power forward in the Class of 2021 who also is from Arkansas, the same state in which current St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson coached in before arriving in Queens.

Standing at 6-foot-8, West Jr. stars at Hot Springs High School in Arkansas and has been gathering interest from a handful of high major Division I programs in addition to the offers he already has.

In addition to St. John’s, Missouri, Michigan, and Louisville have recently checked in with Jabari West Jr. as he holds offers from Alcorn State, Central Arkansas, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

All three offers came into West Jr. in late January as his season and uber important offseason was also canned because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, Jabari West Jr. has been able to stay in the gym and get his work in which ultimately is the most important aspect of staying ready incase college coaches get their hands on those workout videos.

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While it is certainly good to see that Mike Anderson and St. John’s are branching out for possible recruits to bring to New York, the Red Storm have their eyes locked on longtime prospect Jordan Riley.

Riley, a fellow member of the Class of 2021 and a Brentwood, New York native, is set announce his college decision on Friday morning and will pick between St. John’s, Connecticut, Georgetown, Florida State, and Kansas.

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The Red Storm do not have a commitment from a player in the Class of 2021 but things seem to be trending in the right direction for Mike Anderson and his program.