St. John’s basketball makes Top-10 for Class of 2021 SG Nisine Poplar

The mascot of the St. John's basketball team. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
The mascot of the St. John's basketball team. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program made the Top-10 finalists for Class of 2021 shooting guard prospect Nisine Poplar.

Days before landing a commitment from Class of 2021 prospect Drissa Traore, the St. John’s basketball program was included in the Top-10 of rising senior Nisine Poplar.

Also referred to as “Wooga”, the Red Storm extended an offer to the prospect in mid-April as the competition looks to be tough for the 6-foot-5, 190 pound shooting guard.

In addition to the Johnnies, Miami (FL), Auburn, LSU, Penn State, VCU, Temple, Maryland, Georgia, and Seton Hall made the Top-10 for the Philadelphia native who’s finalists were announced via Twitter.

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A handful of fellow Big East rival programs did not make the cut for Poplar such as DePaul, Georgetown, and Marquette although the Hoyas and Golden Eagles certainly look to be on their way towards loaded 2021 recruiting classes.

A standout at Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (PA), Poplar also plays for the K-Low Elite AAU Organization which regularly puts together the top high school players in the Philadelphia area considering Kyle Lowry’s hometown of Philly and being a standout at Villanova.

Lowry currently stars for the reigning NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.

Ranked a four-star recruit by Rivals, a two-star by Verbal Commits, and not ranked by 247 Sports, there are no expert predictions for where Poplar may eventually commit to.

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Rivals ranks Poplar as the No. 105 recruit in the Class of 2021 and the No. 28 player at the shooting guard position.

While Poplar unveiled his list prior to St. John’s landing its first commitment in the Class of 2021, it could be tough for the Red Storm to reel in Nisine Poplar considering the plethora of guards that are slated to be on the roster in two seasons and the constant need for a true rim protector and depth behind what would be a senior Josh Roberts.