Four-star Jordan Riley commits to Georgetown over St. John’s basketball

St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

Four-star Class of 2021 SG Jordan Riley has committed to the Georgetown Hoyas over the St. John’s basketball program and others.

Despite a revitalized program under new head coach Mike Anderson, a program trending in the right direction, and an overall good feeling about things in Queens, the St. John’s basketball program was brought back to reality on Friday morning.

Longtime priority recruit Jordan Riley announced his Top-5 earlier in the week (St. John’s, Kansas, Georgetown, Florida State, and Connecticut) and all signs pointed to the four-star committing to Anderson and the Red Storm.

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Then reports started to trickle out late Thursday that Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas were overtaking the Johnnies as the favorites to land Riley as a handful of recruiting experts were changing their predictions from St. John’s to Georgetown.

Jordan Riley made that news official on Friday morning in the Brentwood High School gym as he announced he would be heading down to Washington DC to further his academic and athletic career.

The Brentwood native is ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star by 247 Sports and is ranked as the No. 148 player in the Class of 2021 as well as the No. 33 shooting guard and No. 3 player in the state of New York.

In comparing the two programs, St. John’s and Georgetown look to be on two different trajectories after the Hoyas lost a majority of its roster last season for varying reasons.

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St. John’s was one of the first programs to offer Jordan Riley back on January 14 as the Hoyas only offered the prospect on April 30.

Not landing Jordan Riley is a major blow to the recruiting efforts of Mike Anderson and his coaching staff as now there are several question marks to where they will turn with the rising senior class.

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Landing Riley could have created a domino affect in terms of bring recruits to Queens but its now back to the drawing board for St. John’s and the time for fans to prepare for playing Jordan Riley at least two times per year starting in the 2021-22 season.