St. John’s was busy on Tuesday, sending out a pair of offers to two California recruits in the class of 2019.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. of Camarillo and Carl Lewis of Lynwood, both four-star recruits in 2019, received offers from the Red Storm. The news was first reported by national recruiting analyst, Pat Lawless:
'19 wing Jaime Jaquez & '19 PF Carl Lewis from The Truth (CA), have both picked up an offer from St. John's, per a source.— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) July 19, 2017
As mentioned by Lawless, both Jaquez Jr. and Lewis play for the same EYBL team -- The Truth (CA) -- so it makes a lot of sense of course that the California tandem were offered by the Red Storm.
Both hoopers are Top 15 recruits in the state of California for 2019. Jaquez Jr. is ranked 13th in the state, while Lewis is a loftier 5th. Overall, Jaquez Jr. is listed as the 173rd overall recruit in the country, while Lewis is loftier there too, ranking 38th in America.
If you have not caught on, Lewis is listed as the better talent, but both are obviously terrific players as four-star recruits.
Lewis is 6-foot-9, 250 lbs. and is listed as a center on 247Sports. He ranks fifth among all centers in the class, with Cheshire Academy’s (CT) Chol Marial leading that group. Lewis stands among his company along with Balsa Koprivica, Onyeka Okongwu and Kofi Cockburn. The aforementioned Okongwu is ahead of Lewis in the realm of California centers, as Okongwu is an attendee of Chino Hills High School (Hello, Lonzo Ball).
Jaime Jaquez Jr., meanwhile, is listed at 6-foot-4, 200 lbs. and checks in as a small forward. He is ranked 51st at his position, just falling shy of what is an extremely deep group of small forwards for 2019. The uber-talented R.J. Barrett of Montverde Academy (FL) leads the group, and Jaquez Jr. finds himself just behind four-star Khyree Temple, who is the 50th-ranked small forward in the class of 2019.
St. John’s has sent out 21 offers for 2019 after the additions of Jaquez Jr. and Lewis, as it’s clear that they are keeping a sharp eye on the future. It’s much too early to suggest anything, but keeping tabs on players like these will certainly behoove them.