St. John’s basketball makes Top-3 for UALR transfer Kamani Johnson

St. John's basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball transfer target Kamani Johnson (Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports) /

The St. John’s basketball program made the Top-3 finalists for University of Arkansas-Little Rock transfer Kamani Johnson.

Mike Anderson and the St. John’s Red Storm still have one open scholarship for the 2020-21 season and that could be filled thanks to a late transfer from former University of Arkansas-Little Rock standout Kamani Johnson.

Johnson surprisingly announced his transfer early last week as teams around the country get set for the beginning of a season full of unknowns.

As many teams have reached out to Johnson, he has narrowed his list down to three programs, St. John’s, Arkansas, and DePaul, according to RedCupCBB.

Miami (FL) also reached out to Kamani Johnson during his recruitment process.

Johnson, who would have to sit one and play two seasons unless granted an NCAA transfer waiver, averaged 11.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

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The statistics the sophomore posted last season were good enough to land him on the Third Team All-Sun Belt.

The 6-foot-7 forward played in 31 games for UALR, starting 25, and averaged 27.7 minutes per game.

Kamani Johnson, a Brooklyn, New York native, is the younger brother of former Kentucky Wildcat star Dakari Johnson who was a second round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and now plays professional basketball overseas.

Prior to his commitment of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Johnson also held offers from Memphis, Central Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast.

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St. John’s finds itself in a similar position to the spring when Monmouth transfer Ray Salnave, a New York native, included the Red Storm and DePaul in his Top-3 but because of a limit on scholarships available to the Johnnies, they could not offer the guard.

However, sources tell Storm The Paint that a decision could be coming as soon as Thursday or Friday from Kamari Johnson and while no indication has been given on which way Johnson is leaning, the Red Storm should be in “good position” to land the former two-star recruit, according to the source.

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