St. John’s basketball target Chris Ledlum commits to Tennessee

St. John's basketball transfer portal target Chris Ledlum (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball transfer portal target Chris Ledlum (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball transfer portal target Chris Ledlum committed to Tennessee. 

One of the biggest targets in the transfer portal for the St. John’s basketball team will not be coming to Queens.

Chris Ledlum announced his commitment to Tennessee on Wednesday night shortly after his visit with the Red Storm concluded.

The Harvard transfer spent Sunday and Monday touring the campus and meeting with head coach Rick Pitino.

Ledlum’s decision comes as a major surprise.

However, it’s not the fact that he did not commit to St. John’s but rather many assumed that Indiana was the major favorite to land the 6-foot-6 forward with Tennessee serving as the presumptive runner-up.

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St. John’s was always a long shot, and the likely third choice, to land the Harvard transfer despite his visit.

Chris Ledlum averaged 18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game last season for the Crimson while shooting 47.3-percent from the field yet only 29.4-percent from 3-point range.

St. John’s basketball still involved with plenty of quality players

St. John’s landed a commitment from Iona transfer Quinn Slazinski on Wednesday as he joins his Gael teammates Daniss Jenkins and Cruz Davis making the move from New Rochelle to Queens.

Rick Pitino also has brought in VMI’s Sean Conway and UConn’s Nahiem Alleyne in the transfer portal within the last week.

The Hall of Famer is still looking to round out the Red Storm roster and his five remaining scholarships after he recently visited with a pair of high school prospects that requested, and received, they’re released from their National Letters of Intent.

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Pitino met with 5-star forward Mackenzie Mgbako, a former Duke signee, on Monday after he reopened his recruitment last week and Tuesday was a meeting with 4-star guard Silas Demary Jr. after he originally committed to USC.

St. John’s is also still in the mix for former Notre Dame commit Brady Dunlap after he placed the program in his Top-5 finalists.

Next. Rick Pitino meets with 5-star Mackenzie Mgbako. dark