St. John’s basketball: Lady Johnnies land Class of 2021 commitment

A view of the St. John's baseball court at Carnesecca Arena. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
A view of the St. John's baseball court at Carnesecca Arena. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

Women’s head coach Joe Tartamella has landed another recruit from the Hoosier State as the St. John’s basketball program nailed a Class of 2021 prospect.

In what has been a doom and gloom summer across the country, good news has continued to trickle out from Queens, New York as the St. John’s women’s basketball team has landed a recruit in the Class of 2021.

Katie Burton announced on Saturday afternoon that she will be attending St. John’s following her senior season at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana.

Burton made her announcement via a statement and post on her Twitter page.

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Following averaging 13.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore, the guard bumped her points per game average to 15.4 in her junior season.

Head coach Joe Tartamella has made the rich basketball state of Indiana a pipeline to his program in Queens as the Red Storm have the potential of boasting four players from Indiana on its 2021-22 roster with juniors Emma and Sophia Nolan, sophomore Sara Zabrecky, and a freshman Katie Burton.

There’s no debate that all players in the Big East will be thrown into the fire with the addition of the Connecticut Huskies to the conference, a perennial National Championship contender.

UConn’s return to the conference is something that Burton is looking forward to upon her arrival to St. John’s, telling the IndyStar that the Huskies will make the Big East “even better”.

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As for the 2020-21 season, no decision has been made on when, or if, basketball will be played this year but the Big East has canceled all fall sporting events with the hope of being able to play those competitions in the spring.

St. John’s is coming off of a season in which the Johnnies were poised to return to the NCAA Tournament but that was canned over the coronavirus pandemic.