St. John’s basketball: List for Simeon Wilcher grows following visit

St. John's basketball recruiting target Simeon Wilcher (Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball recruiting target Simeon Wilcher (Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports) /

The list for St. John’s basketball recruiting target Simeon Wilcher has grown. 

As Simeon Wilcher was on his visit to the St. John’s basketball program on Thursday afternoon, the list of schools after the former North Carolina signee grew.

Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Xavier, Louisville, Indiana, Georgetown, California, and Georgia Tech are all interested in the Roselle Catholic (NJ) guard, 24/7 High School Hoops reports.

Wilcher requested his release from his National Letter of Intent to North Carolina on Tuesday after the Tar Heels learned that 5-star guard Elliot Cadeau would reclassify from the 2024 recruiting class into 2023.

Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog reported that the Wilcher family visited with St. John’s legendary head coach Lou Carnesecca during their visit and talked for nearly two hours.

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Simeon Wilcher is ranked as the No. 34 player in the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and No. 4 player emulating from the state of New Jersey.

Two of those players, DJ Wagner and Aaron Bradshaw, are headed to Kentucky while Mackenzie Mgbako, Wilcher’s high school teammate at Roselle Catholic, recently committed to Indiana.

Mgbako, similar to Wilcher, requested his release from his National Letter of Intent to Duke and was being heavily recruited by the Red Storm but ultimately opted for the Hoosiers instead of the Johnnies and Kansas Jayhawks.

St. John’s completed an in-home visit and official visit with Mgbako.

St. John’s basketball looking to clear scholarship

The Red Storm currently have all of its scholarships filled as Rick Pitino has brought 11 new players into the program since being named as the head coach in March.

Transfers Daniss Jenkins, Quinn Slazinski, Cruz Davis, Sadiku Ibine Ayo, Nahiem Allyene, Sean Conway, RJ Luis, Jordan Dingle, Glenn Taylor Jr., and Zuby Ejiofor have committed to St. John’s while 4-star wing Brady Dunlap, a former Notre Dame signee, is the only high school prospect on the roster.

Joel Soriano and Drissa Traore are the only holdovers from Mike Anderson’s tenure.

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The New York Post reported that Iona transfer Daniss Jenkins still has courses to complete this summer in order to be eligible for St. John’s this season as a graduate transfer and should Jenkins not fulfill his academic requirement, Wilcher could fill his scholarship this season.

St. John’s also has the ability to move a player from scholarship to a preferred walk-on, or a graduate transfer could reenter the transfer portal and look for another school to play at.

There have been no other reports of visits for Simon Wilcher or a timetable for a potential commitment.

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