Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim directs his team against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half of their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

Jim Boeheim and Syracuse grab commitment from Philadelphia native BJ Johnson

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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, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.


AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State