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Friday / January 21.
  • St. John’s to Host Malik Ellison, Durand Johnson This Week

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    NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John'sSt. John’s coach Chris Mullin continues to work toward transforming his roster for 2015-16 and beyond.

    Mullin and his staff on Tuesday will host both uncommitted Burlington (N.J.) Life Center shooting guard Malik Ellison and transferring Pittsburgh small forward Durand Johnson, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

    Ellison is also consideringĀ Rutgers, California, Minnesota, South Carolina, Temple and Wake Forest, but with Minnesota recently landing Philadelphia (PA) Constitution guard Ahmad Gilbert, St. John’s could now be in good position to land the 6-6 Ellison, the son of former No. 1 draft pick Pervis Ellison.Ā 

    The 6-6 Johnson averaged 8.8 points and 1.4 rebounds last season at Pitt. He is graduating from Pitt on Sunday (today) and will then visit West Virginia Monday before visiting St. John’s, sources confirmed.

    St. John’s still remains involved with Italian guard Federico Mussini, who recently told SNY.tv that St. John’s and Gonzaga were recruiting him the hardest, and Chicago point guard Marcus LoVett, who has yet to take any official visits.

    In the frontcourt, St. John’s awaits the decision of Cheick Diallo, the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic who couldĀ announce his decision this coming week. Mullin met with Diallo a second time last week. He is also considering Kentucky, Kansas, Pitt and Iowa State.

    St. John’s is also involved for Greek 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis, who could decide by June.



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    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. 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.