Stef Smith (St. John’s)
Vermont grad transfer, Stef Smith, announced via Twitter that he will be attending St. John’s next season. In his last three seasons at Vermont, Smith averaged 13.3 PPG while shooting a calm 38% from deep. In that span Smith has only came off the bench twice. During his Sophomore campaign, he put up 15 points and ripped down 6 rebounds against Florida State in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. With this addition and the return of Big East Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Posh Alexander, St. John’s backcourt is looking scary. This commit is huge for the Johnnies as continue to search for veteran help with the absence of Julian Champagnie.
Thank you to all the schools that recruited me during this process. I am truly blessed to announce that I will be finishing my college basketball career at St.John’s University. Can’t wait to get to work and play for Coach Anderson and the rest of the staff! pic.twitter.com/AiAIuFWKQF— Stef Smith (@Smithball_skill) March 26, 2021
Al Durham (Providence)
Ed Cooley has made a splash in his recruiting efforts this offseason. Most notably, former Indiana guard, Al Durham. Durham averaged 11.3 PPG last season and proved to be a necessary leader for the Hoosiers. The former 3-star recruit also brings great size and athleticism to the table. With David Duke’s decision to test NBA waters, Durham will provide incredible experience and leadership to the Friar locker room. The Friars will also welcome a pair of 3-star commits, Rafael Castro and Legend Geeter. Jayden Epps, a 2022 4-star commit, is looking to enroll early and could potentially be on campus before the 2021-22 season. With Nate Watson returning for a fifth year, the Friars can prove to be a real threat in the Big East.
It’s an exciting time in Friartown!!! pic.twitter.com/tvIEafyIzU— Ed Cooley (@CoachCooleyPC) March 30, 2021
Jamir Harris (Seton Hall)
Kevin Willard has done some incredible work so far this offseason. Earlier this week Seton Hall landed former American University guard, Jamir Harris. Harris, a 3-star high school recruit, spent his freshman season at the University of Minnesota before transferring to American. In 10 games last season, Harris averaged 20.5 PPG while shooting 47.2% from the field and 44% from deep. In fact, there was only one game where he failed to score in double figures. The New Jersey-born kid is coming home and while the Pirates have been searching for someone to fill that ‘Myles Powell’ void, Harris could be that guy.
Alexis Yetna (Seton Hall)
Kevin Willard and Co. continued their offseason dominance when they signed former South Florida forward, Alexis Yetna. The 6’8” Junior from Paris, France averaged 9.5 PPG and 7.3 RPG last season. Despite sitting out in 2019-20, Yetna showed signs of greatness during his freshman year. In 2018-19 he put up 12.3 PPG and 9.6 RPG and only came off the bench twice. With Sandro Mamukelashvili entering the NBA Draft, Yetna will follow up with outstanding size and physicality in the Seton Hall front court.