St. John’s lands 2015 point guard Marcus LoVett Jr.


Having already added six players to the program since taking over as head coach at St. John’s, Chris Mullin has reeled in a seventh addition.

Late Wednesday night four-star point guard Marcus LoVett Jr., one of the most entertaining players in the class, announced via his Twitter account that he’s committed to the Big East program. LoVett posted a photo of his signed National Letter of Intent, which will become official once the school announces that it has received it.

LoVett is the third freshman to join the St. John’s program for the 2015-16 season, joining two-guard Malik Ellison and 6-foot-11 center Yankuba Sims. Also making their way to Queens this summer are Tennessee transfer Tariq Owens, junior college transfer Darien Williams (sophomore), former Missouri State guard Ron Mvuoika and former Pitt wing Durand Johnson.

Johnson and Mvouika will be eligible immediately as graduate students, and Owens will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.

The 6-foot LoVett is a quick point guard who can handle the basketball and put points on the board, and he gives the Red Storm depth at the position. Rysheed Jordan, who averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season, is expected to run the show for Mullin next season. LoVett gives St. John’s another option at the point, and Mullin could also play the two together at times.

LoVett, who played his senior year at Morgan Park HS in Chicago, was also considering Memphis, Illinois, UC Irvine, DePaul, Pittsburgh, UNLV and San Diego State.