Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Chris Obekpa and JaKarr Sampson will take official visits to St. John’s beginning today, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.
Scout.com first reported news of Obekpa’s visit.
“Official,” Eric Jaklitsch, an assistant at Our Savior New American, said by text.
St. John’s recently landed a commitment from Obekpa’s teammate, 6-3 wing Felix Balamou and would love to add the 6-9 shot-blocker, too.
Said Jaklitsch: “They’re two different people. Felix made his own decision. It has nothing to do with Chris. Chris hasn’t made a decision on what he’s going to do.”
St. John’s is also involved with 6-9 forward Orlando Sanchez and 6-5 shooter Marco Bourgault of Monroe College as well as guards Thaddeus Hall of Thomas Jefferson, Trivante Bloodman of Olney College and Carlos Morris of Arlington Country Day. The Johnnies also have transfer Jamal Branch, a point guard who will become eligible in December, and recently landed the 6-8 Sampson.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin recently Tweeted: “No doubt a bright future. Very strong nucleus returning and Johnnies in position to close on an impressive 2012 recruiting class.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.
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