The St. John’s basketball program landed its second commitment in the Class of 2021, Rafael Pinzon.
Recruiting woes and concerns in Queens could be over as the St. John’s Red Storm have landed its second Class of 2021 commit in as many months with Long Island Lutheran standout Rafael Pinzon.
Pinzon made the announcement on Monday afternoon via his Twitter page and he joins his high school teammate Drissa Traore as the two Red Storm commits thus far in the senior class.
The 6-foot-5 guard chose St. John’s over Florida and New Mexico as he announced his Top-3 finalists last week.
Pinzon also held offers from Illinois, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Dayton, and Xavier.
A native of Puerto Rico, Rafael Pinzon is currently ranked as a three-star recruit and the No. 187 player in the Class of 2021, as well as the No. 40 shooting guard, and No. 3 player in the state of New York, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Pinzon is only ranked behind AJ Griffin, the No. 6 player in the Class of 2021 and a Duke commit, and Jordan Riley, a key St. John’s target who committed to Georgetown in late-July, in the state of New York.
A member of the NY Jayhawks on the AAU circuit and the Puerto Rican National Team, Pinzon is a tough guard who loves to run the floor and excels on the defensive end, two key components in head coach Mike Anderson’s system.
With a guard and a wing under wraps for the Class of 2021, St. John’s will now shift its focus to a big man as the team only has one available scholarship left for the 2021-22 season, if everyone returns from the 2020-21 roster.
Two names to watch for the Red Storm are four-star recruit Franck Kepnang and JUCO prospect Carlos Curry, who played his freshman season at Ole Miss before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College following the 2019-20 season.