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St. John’s currently has only one player from the Garden State on its roster in sophomore guard Malik Ellison.
But if Chris Mullin and his staff have their way, they will be adding more Jersey Boys in the years to come.
“We take New Jersey very seriously and our presence will be felt,” assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih said. “We view it as our backyard. We want our program to get to a point where all the local kids, New York and New Jersey, feel it’s their home school.”
St. John’s hasn’t always taken this approach.
Former St. John’s coach Steve Lavin hardly recruited New Jersey at all, with the notable exception of former Roselle Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe, who ultimately chose Kentucky over the Red Storm.