St. John’s basketball adds JUCO wing Yaxel Lendeborg for 2023 class

St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball head coach Mike Anderson (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program landed 2023 junior college recruit Yaxel Lendeborg. 

Reinforcements are finally coming to the 2023 recruiting class for the St. John’s basketball program after the Johnnies landed a commitment from Yaxel Lendeborg on Wednesday evening.

Lendeborg, a Pennsauken, New Jersey product, currently stars at  Arizona Western College and selected the Red Storm over Xavier and New Mexico.

The 6-foot-9, 230 pound forward averaged 12.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest last season while being named as an NJCAA Third Team All-American, ACCAC Player of the Year, and ACCAC Freshman of the Year.

Lendeborg joins four-star Christ the King (NY) forward Brandon Gardner in the St. John’s 2023 recruiting class.

The Johnnies recently missed out on four-star forward Brandon Williams to UCLA and three-star forward Carl Cherenfant to Memphis.

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Yaxel Lendeborg, who took an official visit to Queens last week, was also named as a First Team All-ACCAC member and First Team All-Region DI pick last season.

St. John’s basketball hoping newest recruit fits well into system

Yaxel Lendeborg should fit well into the up-tempo system that head coach Mike Anderson employs as the wing has explosive athleticism as well as being the leading rebounder in the ACCAC last season.

Lendeborg also showcased his defensive abilities with 1.6 blocks per contest a season ago in addition to shooting 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

The JUCO All-American can also handle the basketball and run things at the point guard position if needed with his 2.6 assists per game.

Prior to the commitment of Yaxel Lendeborg, St. John’s had the No. 56 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports, although that has not updated since the announcement.

Things should remain quiet on the recruiting front for St. John’s in the Class of 2023 as Anderson and his coaching staff focus their attention to filling up the 2024 recruiting board for the Red Storm.

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