St. John’s basketball adds 7-foot center to 2024 recruiting class

St. John's basketball head coach Rick Pitino (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball head coach Rick Pitino (Photo by Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program added 7-footer Khaman Maker to its 2024 recruiting class. 

It was a big recruiting weekend in September for the St. John’s basketball as the program hosted 4-star wing Jaiden Glover and 4-star center Khaman Maker and in the span of a week Rick Pitino landed commitments from both players.

Glover, the standout from The Patrick School, was the first to commit and he was shortly joined by  by Maker, the Las Vegas native.

Maker became the third player to join the Red Storm’s recruiting class following Glover and Lefteris Liotopoulos, an international prospect from Greece.

“I chose St. John’s University because of Coach Pitino’s passion for the game of basketball,” Maker told On3Sports.

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Maker is listed as the No. 122 player in the Class of 2024, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the No. 22 center in his class despite being the No. 3 player in the state of Nevada.

“His desire to create a strong basketball culture with the Red Storm is inspiring, and I hope to be a part of it along the way.”

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Rick Pitino has only landed four high school prospects since he was named as the head coach of the program in March, Simeon Wilcher and Brady Dunlap on this year’s roster, and has put a strong emphasis on adding players through the transfer portal.

St. John’s recruiting class ranks No. 22 in the country, according to 247Sports, and that does not include Liotopoulos.

The Johnnies will have at least six players leave the program due eligibility running out next offseason so it will be another chance for the coaching staff to add to its roster from the portal or waiting for high school prospects to decommit from their current schools.

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