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Saturday / November 17.
  • St. John’s adds JUCO All-American LJ Figueroa (UPDATED)

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    St. John’s on Saturday announced the signing of LJ Figueroa, the 6-foot-5 wing from Odessa (TX) College who was named a 2018 NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First Team All-American.

    Figueroa, who committed Friday, led the Wranglers in points (21.4), rebounds (5.5), three point field goal percentage (48.2) and three pointers made per game (3).

    He is immediately eligible for 2018-19 and has three seasons remaining.

    “LJ was one of the most explosive offensive guys at this level,” Odessa head coach Tra Arnold said. “He has the ability to score at all three levels. He will make an instant impact.”

    “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)

     

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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.