St. John’s basketball could be closing in on first Class of 2021 commit

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) /

The St. John’s basketball program could be closing in on its first commitment in the Class of 2021 in prospect Drissa Traore.

After a week of disappointment in Queens, things are beginning to look up as the Johnnies are closing in on their first commitment in the Class of 2021.

Mike Anderson and his staff had to swallow the tough pill of seeing priority recruit Jordan Riley commit to the Georgetown Hoyas over the Red Storm but the St. John’s coaches were right back on the recruiting trail with a virtual meeting with Drissa Traore.

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Clearly that meeting went very well as Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans has logged a FutureCast prediction that Traore will commit to St. John’s.

Obviously, Red Storm fans will have a bit of cation when looking at predictions from the Rivals or 247 Sports staff as almost every analyst logged Riley to Queens before changing their predictions at the 11th hour.

In addition to the virtual meeting back on Wednesday, July 29, St. John’s offered Drissa Traore back in September 2019 and also held a Zoom meeting with the prospect in June.

Listed at 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, Traore also holds offers from Illinois, Sienna, Marist, La Salle, Fordham, Massachusetts, Bryant, St. Louis, Manhattan, and Stony Brook but was anticipating to take a visit to Queens as soon as NCAA recruiting rules and regulations allow in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A Harlem, New York native and star at Long Island Lutheran, Drissa Traore would become the latest Big Apple star to play at St. John’s and look to bring the program back to national relevance.

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The three-star recruit has not provided a timeline for a possible commitment or date for his announcement but St. John’s fans should be waiting patiently for finally some good news on the recruiting front other than offers and virtual meetings.