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May 9, 2012

Lavin, St. John's Add Six Standouts



QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced the addition of six standout men's basketball student-athletes to the Red Storm roster for the 2012-13 season.

The St. John's 2012 recruiting class looks to join the Red Storm five-man returning core on the Taffner Field House hardwood this offseason in preparation for the 2012-13 campaign.

To date, St. John's 2012 recruiting class is comprised of: West African guard Felix Balamou, French shooter and playmaker Marco Bourgault, Texas A&M transfer point guard Jamal Branch, sharpshooting Harvard transfer Max Hooper, 2011-12 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year and National Prep Championship Tournament MVP JaKarr Sampson and Dominican-born JUCO All-America forward Orlando Sanchez.

Lavin's squad graduated an unprecedented 10 seniors in 2011. Equal to the task, Lavin has now signed 17 student-athletes since arriving at St. John's in March of 2010. St. John's could sign additional student-athletes should Lavin elect to do so. The spring signing period began Wednesday, April 11, and concludes on Wednesday, May 16. The Red Storm's 2011 recruiting class was rated No. 3 in the nation when completed last spring.

"The 2011 recruiting class provided a strong foundation for us to build upon," said Lavin. "The arrival of the 2012 class will add depth, size, firepower and some complementary players that will fit nicely into our system of play. This class continues to move our program forward and will assist in making St. John's competitive on an annual basis. We are pleased that our recruiting efforts over these two years have yielded a strong collective group."


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