Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has secured his third commitment from the Class of 2013, as Philadelphia native BJ Johnson has committed to the Orange, multiple outlets are now reporting.
Johnson is the next in a long line of Philadelphia prospects to sign with Syracuse, including in recent years Scoop Jardine, Rakeem Christmas, and Dion Waiters.
The 6-7, 165-pound Johnson chose the Orange over Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova.
“Upside” is the key word for Johnson, who is still young for his class and has the athleticism and uniqueness as a lefty to leave the door open for major development possibilities down the road.
On the AAU circuit this summer, Johnson played alongside Arizona commit Rondae Jefferson on Team Final, a Nike-affiliated team.
He is a fringe top-150 prospect and under the right coaching staff and player development personnel, there is significant room for improvement.
Johnson joins point guard Tyler Ennis and center Chinonso Obokoh as members of Jim Boeheim’s 2013 class so far.
This 2013 class will follow an elite two-man group that Boeheim will bring to the court this fall, which is comprised of big man DaJuan Coleman and forward Jerami Grant.
The Orange open their season on Nov. 9 on the USS Midway against San Diego State.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.
The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.
It wasn’t pretty.
And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.
Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.
The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.
But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.
Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: