We all know Chris Mullin and his staff have been off to an aggressive start to the recruiting season, taking shots at big names, small names and everyone in between. According to CBS Sports Jon Rothstein, the Red Storm added a new one on Wednesday, as former Pittsburgh Panther Durand Johnson will commit to St. John's.
Johnson, who, as Rothstein noted, is eligible immediately, did not play for the Panthers last season and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee. However, when he was on the floor, the 6-foot-6 forward was a decent scoring threat for the Panthers, serving as a spark plug off the bench. He scored 8.8 points per game and shot 33.8 percent from 3-point range in 16 games as a junior.
He won't be able to fill the galaxy-sized hole in scoring left behind by D'Angelo Harrison, but he should at least give St. John's some extra offensive punch.
Here's a final fun tidbit about Johnson: He has some familial ties to the Big East, as former DePaul scoring machine Cleveland Melvin is his cousin.