The St. John’s basketball program added another potent wing out of the transfer portal.
Rick Pitino is overloading the St. John’s basketball roster with potent wings after landing a commitment from Mass transfer RJ Luis.
Luis announced his decision to join the Red Storm on Sunday afternoon.
“I believe Coach [Rick] Pitino and St. John’s is the right fit for me,” he told On3.
“I want to be apart of something special and I believe Coach Pitino is the one that can get it done.”
Luis averaged 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in his freshman season for the Minutemen while starting 10 of the 27 games he played in.
Listed at 6-foot-7, 196 pounds, the Miami, Florida native picked the Johnnies over Texas A&M and Louisville following a year in which he shot 45.5-percent from the field and 34.8-percent from 3-point range.
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“He’s a legendary coach with a lot of winning history and success developing players,” Luis said of Pitino.
“The storm is coming.”
Luis scored at least 12 points in his last five games of the season and also posted a 31-point showing against Duquesne on January 28.
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RJ Luis joins a plethora of players in Iona’s trio of Daniss Jenkins, Cruz Davis, and Quinn Slazinski on the Red Storm as well as VMI’s Sean Conway, UConn’s Nahiem Alleyne, and Oregon State’s Glenn Taylor Jr.
St. John’s also boasts 4-star wing Brady Dunlap as the first high school prospect Pitino has landed since becoming the program’s head coach.
“RJ [Luis] is a multidimensional player who can play three positions,” Rick Pitino said in a statement.
“We are excited to have RJ in our program. He has an incredible desire to reach his potential and we will do everything possible to make that happen.”
Following the commitment of Luis and the surprising transfer of backup center Mohamed Keita on Friday, St. John’s still has three scholarships remaining.