St. John's basketball: Felipe Lopez's godson, Kobe Brea, enters transfer portal

The Red Storm have another top target in the transfer portal
Shriners Children's Charleston Classic - Day Two; St. John's basketball transfer portal target Kobe Brea
Shriners Children's Charleston Classic - Day Two; St. John's basketball transfer portal target Kobe Brea / Mitchell Layton/GettyImages

The transfer portal is only going to heat up with less than two weeks remaining until it closes for undergraduates and the St. John's basketball team has another top target it will be zeroing in on.

Dayton's Kobe Brea entered the portal and immediately became one of the top targets for teams throughout the country after averaging 11.1 points per game this season on 49.8-percent shooting from 3-point range (100-for-201).

He is a career 43.4-percent 3-point shooter and has played in 113 career games in his college career, despite starting just 21 times

However, landing Brea will not be easy for the Red Storm as nearly every top tier program has expressed interest in the Washington Heights, New York native. UConn and Kansas have emerged as two of the biggest contenders for his services since entering the portal.

St. John's will have a major bonus in its pursuit of the 6-foot-6 guard as one of the best players in its program history, Felipe Lopez, is Brea's godfather.

Lopez starred in Queens from 1994-98, being an All-Big East selection three separate times.

Brea had 10 points and six rebounds when the Red Storm met Dayton in the Charleston Classic, making 3-of-6 shots and 2-of-4 from downtown.

During the two NCAA Tournament games for the Flyers, he averaged 14.5 points per game in 38.5 minutes on 56.3-percent shooting from distance.

St. John's has yet to land a player from the transfer portal this offseason but has completed visits with West Virginia's Kerr Kriisa, Drexel's Amari Williams, and North Texas' Aaron Scott.

Rutgers center Cliff Omoruyi, who is planning a visit to St. John's in the coming weeks, is the team's top desired target and has included the Johnnies in his Top-12 finalists.

The Red Storm currently have five vacant scholarships to fill for the upcoming season.