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Sunday / December 8.
  • St. John’s lands point guard John McGriff, targeting big man (UPDATED)

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    New St. John’s coach Mike Anderson and associate head coach T.J. Cleveland landed their first new player on Thursday.

    Johnathan McGriff, the 5-foot-9 point guard from Bishop McNamara (MD) and Team Thrill, Tweeted he had committed to St. John’s following a Tuesday visit to campus. McGriff became a priority for St. John’s after the program lost Shamorie Ponds to the NBA Draft and Cam Mack to Nebraska.

    McGriff picked up an offer from St. John’s Tuesday after the staff saw him at the Under Armour stop.

    “Johnathan McGriff is a tenacious on-ball defender,” said Donnell “Mookie” Dobbins of Team Thrill. “He has an elusive handle, and an ability to get others involved while keeping the defense honest. He will be a very good guard in the Big East is he chooses St John’s as his home.”

    Meantime, Scotland Campus Class of 2019 forward Chris Maidoh visited St. John’s this week.

    “It went well,” the 6-10 Maidoh told ZAGSBLOG contributor Zach Smart. “I like the fact that it is a basketball school in a big time basketball city. I know the fans at really passionate about the team. It gave me an opportunity to see what Big East level basketball is like and that’s important to me because I see myself playing at that level.

    “I mean you’re talking Madison Square Garden, you are talking NYC. It is a basketball mecca. You can’t do wrong with that. Right now I am just weighing my options and looking forward to visiting other schools.”

    Georgia saw Maidoh work out Wednesday, while UMass, Towson and Stetson are also involved.

    Meantime, Anderson is expected to visit Christ the King on Thursday with their standouts Moussa Cisse, Ryan Pearson and Quaran McPherson.

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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.