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Friday / July 12.
  • Jordan Brown visits St. John’s, UCLA up next

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    Jordan Brown, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Prolific Prep (CA), took his official visit to St. John’s this past weekend for their Red Storm Tip-Off event and saw both the Queens campus and Madison Square Garden.

    “The visit was good,” said Dion Brown, the player’s father. “Chris Mullin makes you feel comfortable. He was great. Mitch Richmond was great. The event we went to with the team, that was phenomenal. Great turnout, those kids showed up and filled the place up. It was electrifying in there.”

    St. John’s assistant Greg St. Jean has made Brown a top priority for 2018.

    “It seems like he would give them that inside scoring threat,” Dion said. “Not to say the guys that they have can’t score, but they have shot-blockers and finishers and they run the floor and stuff, too. They’re different from Jordan. Jordan can do a lot of the same things, but with the guards and the wings that they have it seems like they can compete with anybody. It’s just a matter of adding that inside presence.”

    Brown recently cut his list to a top seven of California, Gonzaga, Louisiana Lafayette, Nevada, Oregon, St. John’s, and UCLA. He visits UCLA next weekend, but has no other visits set.

    “We got UCLA this weekend and then we’ll go from there,” Dion said. “We definitely plan on going on other visits. I don’t see us making an early decision as of yet.”

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    According to 247Sports, Brown is ranked as the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2018, while Scout ranked him as the No. 20 overall player in their updated rankings.

    He plans to sign in the spring.

    “I’m still planning to wait until the spring,” he told Rivals. “I want to watch the playing styles, figure out who the teams will have and make sure that the coaching staffs will still be there when I am.”


    St. John’s is working on a scrimmage against Rutgers for Nov. 5 to support hurricane relief, but it has no been finalized, a source confirmed.

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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.

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