St. John’s Lands Top International Basketball Prospect
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St. John’s Lands Top International Basketball Prospect

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St. John’s basketball team made it to the Big East Championship last season and won 20 games making it to the Big East Championship. Despite that, they were not selected by the NCAA Tournament Committee to play in the March Madness Tournament. Last year was head coach Rick Pitino’s first season coaching St. John’s. This season he has rebuilt this roster and the final piece may be Portugal’s Ruben Prey.

Ruben Prey is one of the top international players in the world under 21-years-old. At six foot ten, Prey has the size and skill to make a massive impact in the NCAA next season. Last summer Prey committed to St. John’s but ultimately decided to not come over to the states. Now he is ready and should be in for a big season for a basketball program that is once again on the rise. 

In 16 games this year with his club CB Prat, Prey averaged 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. He led his team in rebounds per game and was third in points for one of the top teams in the league. 

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St. John’s last season had a slow start losing two of their first four games and then losing eight of ten games in the middle of the year. They came back towards the end of the season as one of the hottest teams in the NCAA winning six in a row on the way to the Big East Championship before losing to the eventual NCAA Champion, UConn, in the finals. 

In addition to Prey, St. John’s added some big-time transfers as well. This includes Vincent Iwuchukwu from USC, Aaron Scott from North Texas, Deivon Smith from Utah, and Kadary Richmond from Seton Hall who averaged 15.7 points last year. Iwuchukwu will likely compete for minutes with Prey.

It should be another impressive season from St. John’s. Hopefully they are able to build off of their late-season success at the beginning of the upcoming 2024-2025 year. They undoubtedly have the talent to do so.

 

By Jack Stradley, I’m a sports writer always looking for a gripping story and a hot take.

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