Signs not pointing in favor of St. John’s basketball to land Franck Kepnang

The mascot of the St. John's basketball team sitting in the empty stands of Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images).
The mascot of the St. John's basketball team sitting in the empty stands of Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images). /

Signs are not in favor of the St. John’s basketball program landing Class of 2021 prospect Franck Kepnang according to one recruiting expert.

Not many St. John’s fans around the country want to hear more predictions about members of the Class of 2021, but one recruiting expert doesn’t like the Red Storm’s chances to land a highly coveted recruit.

Days after Class of 2021 prospect Jordan Riley spurned the Red Storm for Big East rival Georgetown, fans were looking to what could be next for the Johnnies.

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Head coach Mike Anderson was very much after four-star prospect Franck Kepnang but Rivals recruiting guru Corey Evans ranked the six schools that are after the recruit the most.

Evans listed in order from most likely to land Kepnang to least likely: Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, Kansas, St. John’s, and Pittsburgh.

Oddly enough, Texas A&M writer on 247 Sports Andrew Hattersley lists the Aggies as his Crystal Ball prediction to land Kepnang although Evans doesn’t even include them in his list is contenders.

A 6-foot-11 star from Westtown School (PA) is ranked as a four-star by 247 Sports and the No. 25 prospect in his class, No. 6 center, and No. 2 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

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Evans said that if Kepnang were to commit to St. John’s he would be the face of the program and fill a void that the team hasn’t had in many seasons and that is a force in the paint on both ends of the floor.

Franck Kepnang’s game is much more developed and polished on defense rather than his offense and his skill set would fit perfectly in Queens under Mike Anderson as his style compliments the up-and-down style of play the Johnnies showed in their first year under the new head coach.

The positives for St. John’s following his article from Corey Evans?

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There is a lot of time between now and when Kepnang will commit, Evans originally predicted Jordan Riley to commit to St. John’s over Georgetown, and out of the six programs listed the Red Storm are most comparable to Pittsburgh and Evans thinks the Johnnies have a better chance of landing Kepnang than the Panthers.

Time will tell if Mike Anderson is able to make a strong push for Franck Kepnang or if this will be another heartbreak recruiting effort for St. John’s.