St. John’s basketball: Mike Anderson continued Arkansas offer spree

St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson (Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson (Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports) /

Mike Anderson and the St. John’s basketball coaching staff went on an offer spree in Arkansas.

Head coach Mike Anderson and his St. John’s coaching staff sure are smitten with prospects from Anderson’s former coaching state of Arkansas.

In addition to offering Class of 2023 point guard Layden Blocker and Class of 2022 power forward Creed Williamson, the Johnnies also extended another offer to a Class of 2023 point guard, Bryson Warren.

Warren, Blocker, and Williamson all attend Little Rock Central High School but Warren is originally from North Little Rock, Arkansas.

However, while the Red Storm are both courting Blocker and Williamson, Warren’s recruitment is much more advanced and expansive than his teammates.

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Bryson Warren picked up an offer from St. John’s on October 7, but the Johnnies now join Oral Roberts, Texas A&M, Alcorn State, Tennessee State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Georgetown.

There are two constants with these three prospects, holding an offer from Oral Roberts and Anderson’s successor at Arkansas, head coach Eric Mussleman.

Warren is listed at 6-foot-2, 155 pounds and can be described more as a combo guard instead of a point guard with his ability to play on and off the ball.

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The St. John’s coaching staff has been very active on the recruiting trail in recent days with a multitude of offers going out but it has been noticeable that Anderson wants to try and keep his recruiting ties in the deep south despite his success in brining New York based prospects to Queens in his short time with the program.

It would be hard to forecast the possible decision of any of these three prospects as sophomores and juniors, but you would have to give Arkansas an early lead on at least two recruits with Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers lurking in the background.

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