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Thursday / October 19.
  • St. John’s Success Impressing Recruits

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    St. John’s surging success on the basketball court is being noticed by recruits.

    Jessie Govan , a 2015 big man from Wings Academy, and Isaiah Briscoe, a 2015 guard from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, were both at Madison Square Garden Sunday night when the Johnnies blitzed Georgetown, 82-60, for their fifth straight win and eighth in nine games.

    “They had a big win over Georgetown,” Govan told SNY.tv. “It will be interesting to see if they can keep it going.”

    The 6-foot-10 Govan previously said that four schools were recruiting him the hardest — Seton Hall, UConn, Louisville and Miami, but now says St. John’s has stepped up its recruitment.

    “St. John’s is picking up their recruitment of me,” Govan said. “They’ve been to a lot of my games recently, and invited me to a lot of games.”

    Ranked No. 48 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, Govan said Kansas State has also started to recruit him hard.

    He also plans to visit UConn on Sunday for the SMU game.

    As for Briscoe, his father told SNY.tv Sunday at the Metro Classic at Kean University that St. John’s, Arizona, UCLA, UConn and Rutgers were among those involved for his son, who scored 18 points in Roselle Catholic’s loss to Montverde (FL) Academy Saturday night at Kean.

    Briscoe also attended St. John’s Midnight Madness back in October.

    “Coach Lavin and St. John’s have clearly made Isaiah a high priority for their program,” RC coach Dave Boff said then. “They believe he fits in with the direction of their program and can be a major contributor from Day One.”

    Cheick Diallo, a highly coveted 2015 forward from Our Savior New American, was not at the St. John’s game, but he was there for the win over then-No. 12 Creighton last week and is a high priority for Lavin and his staff.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.