St. John’s basketball still prioritizing Class of ’23 New Jersey guard

St. John's basketball guard Rasheem Dunn and head coach Mike Anderson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball guard Rasheem Dunn and head coach Mike Anderson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program is continuing to prioritize a Class of 2023 guard that posted a breakout season in New Jersey.

Simeon Wilcher had one of the best seasons in the state of New Jersey last season for powerhouse Roselle Catholic and he provided an update on his early and surging recruitment.

In an interview with 247 Sports, Wilcher said that Oregon, Auburn, St. John’s, and Iowa have been prioritizing him, but that doesn’t mean other schools are also in pursuit of the 6-foot-4 guard.

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Wilcher has most recently picked up offers from Connecticut and Miami (FL) but also holds offers from Xavier, UCLA, Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest, in addition to the schools listed above.

If the name rings a bell, yes, you would be correct.

Simeon is the younger brother of Xavier freshman C.J. Wilcher, who also starred at Roselle Catholic during his high school career.

However, while the New Jersey guard is grateful for the offers that he currently possesses, there are some schools that he is hoping to hear from in the future that include Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, and North Carolina.

In speaking about the Red Storm, Wilcher said, “they say that I fit their run and gun play style and defensive style.”

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Mike Anderson and his coaching staff obviously did their homework on Simeon Wilcher because he described his game though the lens of what is so important with this new staff in Queens.

“I take pride in defense. Something my dad always tells me is if I work on the defensive side then it will work for me on the offensive side, whether it’s steals, deflections or anything, always defense first. Then, I take care of the offensive side. I like to play inside the lane, I can shoot it really well but my game is to drive and kick, play defense and to make sure my teammates and myself get the right shots.”

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Sounds like the perfect recruit for St. John’s, but there is still a lot of time for things to change and develop in this recruitment.