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Wednesday / August 17.
  • Class of 2023 forward Brandon Gardner commits to St. John’s

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Brandon Gardner, the 6-foot-7, 208-pound power forward from Raleigh (NC) Word of God, announced his commitment to St. John’s on Monday.

    Ranked the No. 14 power forward in the Class of 2023 in the 247Sports.com Composite, Gardner chose the Red Storm over LSU, Auburn and Georgetown.

    “St. John’s, I love the coaching staff, the way they play,” he told ZAGSBLOG ahead of his announcement. “I love the fast pace. I just love New York. New York is a fast-paced place, and I’m a fast-paced player. I feel like they fit my game pretty good.”

    As for what skillset he will bring, he said, “I can be any type of player. I’m starting to shoot the ball more. I can play-make a little bit. I can also block shots, dunk on people and I can be a leader as a freshman because of the way I play and talk.”

    Gardner took an official visit to St. John’s in February and was quick to say he loves New York.

    “The (St. John’s) fans are calling me ‘Madison Square Gardner!’” he said recently.  “That’s hard. That’s too hard. St. John’s, they play fast. I love playing fast. I’m a fast player. They work hard in practice every day, I saw that (during a recent visit).”

    Gardner’s friend, IMG Academy (FL) five star shooting guard AJ Storr, will soon be on campus as a freshman with lofty expectations.

    “That’s my boy, I was actually shooting with him a couple days ago,” he said.
    “I played him first and I met him at Pangos.”

    He said he has no plans to reclassify to 2022 at this point. “No sir, I am not looking to reclass,” he said. “I am trying to have a strong senior year and just develop more and get ready mentally and physically for the next level.”

    The St. John’s staff was also at Iona Prep this weekend to watch Christ the King and PSA Cardinals Class of 2023 big man Brandon Williams, who recently visited campus.

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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.