St. John’s basketball has extended an offer to Class of 2022 shooting guard Lewis Duarte.
Thursday afternoon was a chaotic two hours on social media for St. John’s basketball fans, more so than usual.
The hungry and passionate fan base was thrown into a tailspin with a tweet from head coach Mike Anderson signaling the program had landed a recruit, but the eventual player, Joel Soriano, did not make his announcement until nearly an hour later.
Twitter was set ablaze trying to find out which player was heading to Queens but in the midst of the virtual chaos, Class of 2022 shooting guard Lewis Duarte announced that he had received an offer from the Red Storm.
Duarte, listed at 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, plays high school basketball at Victory Christian Center School (NC) after originally hailing from the Dominican Republic.
St. John’s just became the fourth power conference program to offer Lewis Duarte, joining Washington State, Mississippi State, and Illinois.
Duarte also has offers from Oral Roberts, Tennessee State, Southern Utah, Pacific, Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and South Alabama.
The Johnnies were also the first school to offer the shooting guard since February.
Lewis Duarte is ranked as a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, as well as the No. 209 player in the Class of 2022, No. 31 shooting guard, and No. 7 player in the state of North Carolina.
St. John’s basketball looking to get started on Class of 2022
Things have not been moving very quickly for the Johnnies in terms of high school recruiting.
St. John’s still has not landed a prospect in the current high school junior class despite extending a host of offers.
However, one reason why the Class of 2022 is not moving very quickly on the recruiting trail is due to the dead period set by the NCAA which prevents in-person recruiting visits because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The in-person recruiting ban is scheduled to be lifted on June 1, according to multiple reports, which would allow Mike Anderson and his staff to get recruits on campus and put the basketball facilities on display at St. John’s.