Jackson has verbally committed to North Carolina, but hasn’t signed yet because he’s a junior. **St. John’s assistant Van Macon visited Class of 2023 commit Brandon Gardner on Wednesday at school. Pitino and Masiello are also expected next week. “There’s no question in my mind that these guys are going to get this done,” CTK head coach Joe Arbitello said by phone. “That staff and Rick Pitino, 100 percent.” **The Johnnies offered Carter Bryant, the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2024 class. Bryant had recently announced he was down to Arizona and Louisville.
Rick Pitino and the @StJohnsBBall staff are expected next week at @CardinalHayes, which features Class of 2024 5-star guard and UNC commit Ian Jackson— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 23, 2023
Hayes is the alma mater of former @KentuckyMBB star Jamal Mashburn pic.twitter.com/tdrRdpYElk
**St. John’s also offered Dink Pate, the 4-star shooting guard from Lancaster (TX) who is also being courted by Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Memphis, Georgetown, and TCU, among others.
Carter Bryant, the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2024 class, picked up an offer from Rick Pitino and @StJohnsBBall , per his Instagram— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 22, 2023
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**After only bringing St. John’s big man Joel Soriano to his press conference on Tuesday, Pitino also asked freshman shooting guard AJ Storr to remain next season, per Roger Rubin of Newsday. Meantime, sophomore guard Rafael Pinzon entered the portal.
#AGTG— “DINK” Pate (@IAMTHESHOOTER1) March 23, 2023
✔️St. John’s University #RedStorm | @StJohnsBBall @RealPitino @rickyjohns06 #POTWS #WestDallas pic.twitter.com/EhgA2A5usZ
**St. John’s will also be active in the portal, and transferring Iona guard Walter Clayton Jr. is among those considering the Red Storm. Clayton averaged 16.8 points and 3.2 assists this season for the Gaels, who won the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles.
"A lot of these players probably won't be back on this team because they're probably not a good fit for me"— SNY (@SNYtv) March 21, 2023
Rick Pitino on the future of St. John's: pic.twitter.com/GeNt0W5ADl
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Walter Clayton tells me St. John’s, Florida, Kansas and Ole Miss have reached out so far https://t.co/WYSTcpjphk— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 22, 2023