It may be Christmas Eve, but Christmas came a few hours early for the St. John's Red Storm. Chris Mullin and his staff can celebrate the fact that the Johnnies have landed a commitment from a Top 100 player in 2018. That player being J'Raan Brooks, who announced his commitment to the Johnnies on Twitter Sunday night.
Brooks originally committed to the USC Trojans, but decommitted following the news of their involvement in the FBI scandal. After reopening his recruiting process, he took visits to both the Washington Huskies and California Golden Bears. Then, shortly after St. John's offered, he visited back on December 15. Nine days later, the Johnnies got a commitment from him.
Listed at 6-foot-8, 215 lbs., J'Raan Brooks currently ranks 77th among all players in the class of 2018. A four-star power forward, Brooks is the 21st ranked player at his position and the No. 2 player in the state of Washington. Only USC commit Kevin Porter currently ranks higher than the Garfield High School hooper.
Instantly, Brooks becomes the best commit of the 2018 class for Mullin. He joins three-stars Josh Roberts and Greg Williams, who both recently signed with the Johnnies. Since 247Sports began tracking recruits, Brooks is the 10th-best player to commit to the Johnnies. He joins a star-studded Top 10 featuring Shamorie Ponds, Sir'Dominic Pointer, D'Angelo Harrison and Mo Harkless, among others.
With J'Raan Brooks aboard, St. John's now owns the second-best 2018 class in the Big East Conference, trailing only the Providence Friars. The Johnnies are ahead of the Villanova Wildcats, Georgetown Hoyas and Xavier Musketeers, among others.