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  • St. John’s has unsuccessfully recruited two players from Louisiana in the past two years.

    Rico Gathers chose Baylor over St. John’s in 2012 and Jarell Martin picked LSU over the Johnnies (among others) in 2013.

    But knowing that they have some heavy lifting to do for 2015 and 2015, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and his staff are back at it again.

    St. John’s is among a handful of teams in the mix for 2015 Louisiana shooting guard Brandon Sampson, the No. 57 player in the Class according to 247 Sports.

    TyshawnLike most NBA Draft selections, Tyshawn Taylor probably didn’t envision ending up in the NBA D-League.

    But that is where Taylor, the 23-year-old former St. Anthony High School and Kansas University star, now finds himself.

    Having been traded by the Brooklyn Nets and then released by the New Orleans Pelicans, the 6-foot-3 Taylor is playing for the Maine Red Claws in the D-League.

    “It wasn’t a tough situation until I found out I got cut from the Pelicans,” Taylor told SNY.tv earlier this week. “My whole thing was to try to get somewhere where I can play. I gotta figure it out, where I can go next.”

    Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.

    He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

    Here’s his third player blog for ZAGSBLOG:

    Back again. Within the last week I took unofficial visits to both UNC and Duke.

    My experience at UNC was an all-day visit with the coaching staff accompanied by my mother and little brother. Coach [Hubert] Davis is my

    GRANDSTAFF,-AUSTIN_6_25_150Austin Grandstaff will visit Oklahoma this weekend and Florida the following weekend.

    The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Rockwall (TX) is the No. 36 ranked player in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, and recently decommitted from Oklahoma State.

    He will trip to Oklahoma Saturday for the Texas game.

    “Coach [Lon] Kruger is a really good coach,” Wes Grandstaff, the director of Team Texas and Austin’s father, told SNY.tv Thursday morning.