By ADAM ZAGORIA
Samson Johnson, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2021 forward from The Patrick School (N.J.) and the NY Jayhawks AAU program, had a Zoom call with the entire St. John’s staff on Tuesday.
“The Zoom call was very good,” Johnson said. “They had the whole staff on. They talked about the program, the academics, what they can bring to players on and off the court, how they can help players get to the next level.”
Johnson, a long, athletic rim runner, holds offers from Syracuse, UConn, Marquette, St. John’s, Xavier, Miami and Cincinnati.
“He will be the next [Deandre’] Bembry, a sleeper to get to the highest level,” said Patrick School coach Chris Chavannes, referring to the Atlanta Hawks and former Patrick School wing
Johnson averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds this past season for the Celtics while playing alongside stars like Jonathan Kuminga, UConn commit Adama Sanogo, Saint Peter’s-bound guard Zarique Nutter and East Carolina-bound point guard Noah Farrakhan.
He shot 67 percent from the field, scoring often on dunks and in the paint, while shooting 37 percent (13-of-35) from deep.
“He’s a high-character and hard-working kid,” Jayhawks coach Jay David said.
“At 6-10 with a 7-5/7-6 wingspan with the ability to step out and hit the high school 3-pointer consistently, he is one of the best forwards in the country.”
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