Anderson gets first commit with ‘crossover king’
by Bryan Fonseca
May 09, 2019 | 5635 views | 0 0 comments | 391 391 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New St. John’s men’s basketball head coach Mike Anderson received his first commitment late last week. Jonathan McGriff, nicknamed the “crossover king” by SLAM Online’s High School hoops page, announced his decision to sign with St. John’s on Thursday.

The 5-foot-9 point guard is listed as a three-star recruit by both ESPN and 24/7 Sports, and is a native of Bowie, Maryland. He played his high school basketball at Huntington Prep School in West Virginia, the former home of current NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng, both of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McGriff also played at Bishop McNamara High School in Maryland, as well as Team Thrill and Team Melo on the AAU circuit. The lefty was also recruited by UNLV, Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan.

The acquisition of McGriff will leave Anderson and has staff with three available scholarships to use for the fall. A fourth would open up if LJ Figueroa, who is currently on the transfer market, decides to leave the university. Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon have already entered the NBA Draft.

Anderson is working to get Figueroa and rising senior Mustapha Heron to remain at the school. Heron has been working out with the Red Storm, but Figueroa has not, according to the coach, who spoke to reporters on Thursday at Citi Field after throwing out the first pitch before a New York Mets home game.

“Actually, LJ, he hasn’t lately,” coach Anderson said of the situation. “I’m sure that’s a decision he will make and probably make it at the appropriate time.”
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