The St. John’s basketball program is meeting with another decommitted prospect.
It is not taking long for Rick Pitino and the rest of the St. John’s basketball coaching staff to go after what they want on the recruiting trail.
One day after Pitino met with 5-star prospect Mackenzie Mgbako after he requested his release from his National Letter of Intent from Duke, the coaching staff is doing the same with 4-star recruit Silas Demary Jr.
Demary Jr. requested his release from his NLI at USC last week and has reopened his recruiting.
Andrew Slater of Cerebo Sports first reported the meeting between the Red Storm and Demary Jr.
Silas Demary Jr. is ranked as the No. 98 player in the Class of 2023 and the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Combine Academy (NC) standout originally had the Johnnies in his list of finalists alongside North Carolina State and VCU before ultimately choosing the Trojans.
Demary Jr. was going to be joining a loaded recruiting class for USC that was comprised of 5-star point guard Isaiah Collier, who many consider as the top player in the class, and 4-star forward Arrinten Page.
However, the Trojans are heavily in the mix for 4-star guard Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, and current USC guard Boogie Ellis announced he would be returning to the program for another season.
St. John’s basketball continues to look for talent
Since Rick Pitino has been hired as the head coach of St. John’s the program has added four players, Iona transfers Daniss Jenkins and Cruz Davis, Virginia Military Institute’s Sean Conway, and UConn’s Nahiem Alleyne.
Jenkins, Conway, Alleyne, and returning center Joel Soriano only have one year of eligibility remaining and the Red Storm are still looking for high school prospect to commit to the program.
The three St. John’s commits, Brandon Gardner, Yaxel Lendeborg, and Harrison Reede, all reopened their recruitments shortly after Pitino was hired and the Hall of Famer has yet to replace their roster slots.
However, the recent interest between St. John’s, Mackenzie Mgbako, and Silas Demary Jr. could bode well for the Johnnies.