“We are excited to welcome LJ to our basketball family at St. John’s,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “Our staff believes he has the potential to make an immediate impact. His natural scoring ability coupled with his size and length will be a great addition to our roster next season.”
He joins Mississippi State transfer Eli Wright and Houston Baptist transfer David Caraher among players to commit this week. Wright and Caraher will sit the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules.
“I can see myself being successful in New York City and at St. John’s University,” said Figueroa. “This program has all the things I was looking for. It felt like home. I can’t wait to play in front of the Red Storm fans, for this city, and this program.”Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke was also slated to visit St. John’s April 23-24. The 6-4 Burke averaged 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. Pittsburgh, Marquette and Nebraska are among those also involved. St. John’s is now at 13 scholarship players for next season with the additions of high school players Josh Roberts, Greg Williams and Marcellus Earlington. Meantime, St. John’s is targeting several Class of 2019 high school stars, including Scottie Lewis, Jalen Gaffney, Kofi Cockburn and Aidan Igiehon. (St. John’s release contributed)