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St. John’s lands JUCO All-American Yaxel Lendeborg
By ADAM ZAGORIAYaxel Lendeborg, one of the most sought after junior college recruits in the country, committed to St. John’s on Wednesday, he told ZAGSBLOG.
The 6-foot-9 forward out of Arizona Western College and Pennsauken High School (NJ.) also considered Xavier and New Mexico.
“I’m going to St.John’s,” he said. “I feel like I’m a perfect fit for this team,. They are very unselfish, love sharing the ball and play at a really fast pace and they are a family and I would love to be a part of a team like that.”
Lendeborg most recently visited St. John’s last Sunday and New Mexico in early September.
He joins Christ the King (NY) small forward Brandon Gardner in St. John’s 2023 class.
The incoming sophomore, who will play one more year at the JUCO level, averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 60.7% from the floor last season for the Matadors.
He was named the ACCAC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year while also earning himself third-team NJCAA All-American honors.
“I will be a versatile piece that they can move around and play at different positions,” he said. “They have a great player development program and have a lot of basketball experience.”
He added: “I think that with that and the knowledge of former NBA players, I can know what to expect and start practicing and acting like an NBA player.”
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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.