St. John’s basketball program makes Top-5 for unexpected 2021 recruit

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The St. John’s basketball program made the unexpected Top-5 for a Class of 2021 recruit.

Head coach Mike Anderson and the St. John’s basketball program are still looking to put the finishing touches on its Class of 2021 recruiting crop and it saw an unexpected surprise on Thursday.

The Red Storm made the Top-5 for TaQuan Woodley, a 6-foot-7 power forward in the senior class.

Woodley was previously a Penn State commit but decommitted from the Nittany Lions following the resignation of head coach Pat Chambers.

Woodley announced his new Top-5 on Twitter on Thursday, including St. John’s, Temple, South Carolina, Georgia, and St. Joseph’s.

Prior to his commitment to Penn State in mid-May, the Camden, New Jersey native held offers from Temple and South Carolina as well as Rutgers and Manhattan.

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St. John’s, Georgia, and St. Joseph’s are the newest programs to enter the race for TaQuan Woodley and the prospect boasted his offers and interests before to his announcing he would attend Penn State on his Twitter page.

However, there is one absence on that list and it is the Johnnies as the Red Storm have moved quietly in courting TaQuan Woodley and there has been no indication of an official offer from St. John’s.

Mike Anderson already has a recruiting class of Long Island Lutheran standouts Drissa Traore and Rafael Pinzon and the program is looking for a big man to cap off what hopes to be a successful class.

TaQuan Woodley is ranked as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 265 prospect in the class, No. 49 power forward, and No. 7 player in the state of New Jersey.

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Woodley has not given an indication when he will commit, but an announcement could come soon for the Camden High School (N.J.) standout considering he was committed to Penn State prior to his final high school season.

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