September 3, 2009

New Look Gets New Looks

Ever since St. John's renovated its campus, it seems that not only the student body is taking notice. Recently, top high school student-athletes have been taking unofficial visits and revisits, showing a renewed optimism in the Queen, NY University's potential. In the past two days, no less than nine of the metropolitan areas best have checked out the Red Storm's home court.

The Johnnies have kept busy during the past few days. The team is allowed to practice before their upcoming trip to Canada over the holidays and has taken full advantage of the opportunity. In addition, the BIG EAST school has been accommodating unofficial visits by players from some of the programs and top high schools in the country.

On Wednesday, Sterling Gibbs and his father visited the campus and spoke highly of the experience. Gibbs plays for the NY Panthers and attends Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey. Oak Hill's Doron Lamb, who plays summer ball with the Gauchos, revisited the campus once again before return back to VA for school. The Johnnies also received a visit from a rising young center, Jamel Flash from Hempstead HS and Tarik Carey from Eastside HS in NJ..

Thursday continued where Wednesday left off as the Red Storm had unofficial visits from Kadeem Jack, Jabarie Hinds and a revisit from Angel Nunez. Nunez, first visited the school a couple of week ago and according to his mentor, Eric Martinez, the junior was "pleasantly surprised" by his first visit.

Two players from the AAU club, New Heights came together for unofficial visits as Devon Collier and Jermaine Sanders were accompanied by their coach, Kimani Young.

Young said that both of his players got a tour of the campus, met with the academic advisors and also met with Coach Norm Roberts. "They felt good about the school and got to see the team practice before their trip to Canada," said Young.

Young said, Jermaine has played at St. John's since the 8th grade but watching the team practice let him see what he has to do to play on the next level." Earlier in the summer, Sanders also visited Villanova and Marquette.

With new energy surrounding St. John's, it looks like the Red Storm may be in position to reclaim past accolades. "Everybody's just eager to see how St. John's does this year," said Young. "Winning cures everything."

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