The St. John’s basketball team has landed another guard from the transfer portal.
Another Iona player is following St. John’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino to Queens.
Freshman guard Cruz Davis announced his commitment to the Red Storm on Sunday after visiting the campus over the weekend.
Davis was named to the MAAC All-Freshman Team this season after posting 6.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 41.9-percent from the field and 31.7-percent from 3-point range.
The 6-foot-3 guard played in 24 games for the Gaels this season and made seven starts.
Cruz Davis visited St. John’s with Virginia Military Institute’s Sean Conway as Conway announced his commitment to the Johnnies on Saturday night.
Davis will join his Iona teammate Daniss Jenkins with the Red Storm while the best player on the Gaels, Walter Clayton Jr., opted to join the Florida Gators instead of the Johnnies.
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The Huntington Prep (WVa.) standout was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and also had offers from Houston, Oregon State, and TCU before electing to join Pitino in New Rochelle.
Cruz Davis was listed as the No. 220 player in the Class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Potential role for St. John’s basketball newest addition
It’s likely that Cruz Davis will come off the bench for the Red Storm this upcoming season and could be a key reserve ball handler for Rick Pitino.
Davis, with three years of eligibility remaining, also projects as a long term piece for Pitino, who is widely regarded as the best player development coach in the country.
St. John’s has been looking to add proven shooters to its roster after last year’s team struggled to shoot the ball consistently from 3-point range.
The additions of Cruz Davis and Sean Conway are just the beginning for a St. John’s program that revamps its image.