Former St. John’s basketball target commits to Dayton

Former St. John’s basketball target Mustapha Amzil commits to Dayton. 

On Monday it was announced that Class of 2021 recruit and St. John’s basketball target  Mustapha Amzil announced his decision to commit to the Dayton Flyers, via his Twitter page.

St. John’s offered a scholarship to Amzil back on October 10 and also held a virtual meeting with the Finland native on October 15.

Not too long after the Red Storm handed out an offer to Amzil, his recruitment started to blow up as tons of high major offers and interest from blue bloods started to roll in for the 6-foot-10 center.

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Azmil received offers from the likes of Maryland, Illinois, Marquette, and Oklahoma State.

Programs such as Kansas, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida expressed interest, but never offered.

Why didn’t St. John’s basketball pursue Mustapha Amzil more?

The Johnnies were looking for a recruit of Amzil’s mold to help booster the front-court and fill out their 2021 recruiting class.

However, once all of these high major offers and interests rolled in instead of going to war to attempt to convince Amzil to come to Queens, they went in a different direction.

The Red Storm went out and recruited O’mar Stanley offering him on October 27 and received a commitment from the 6-foot-8 power forward on November 10, in order to bring more depth to the front-court.

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Head coach Mike Anderson got what he was looking for the final spot in the 2021 class, making Mustapha Amzil someone they no longer needed.

Stanley joins Long Island Lutheran teammates Drissa Traore and Rafael Pinzon in the 2021 recruiting class as all three recruits signed their National Letters of Intent last week.

The Red Storm will now focus on the 2022 class, but more importantly the start of the college basketball season on November 25th as they will kick off the 2020-21 season against Saint Peter’s at 7:00pm EST.