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Johnathan McGriff commits to St. John’s

Mike Anderson has landed his first commit as the Red Storm’s head coach.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, it was announced that the St. John’s Red Storm landed a commitment from Johnathan McGriff, a 5-foot-9 point guard out of Maryland.

According to 247 Sports, McGriff is a three-star prospect. The Maryland native played at Huntington Prep (W. Va.) after spending a few years at Bishop McNamara (Md.). McGriff is new head coach Mike Anderson’s first ever commit since taking the helm of the program a couple of weeks ago. He is a 2019 commit, and he will be eligible to play this fall.

McGriff stands in at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, what he lacks in size, he rapidly makes up for in speed and quickness. He is a shifty, explosive player that can change directions quickly and he is also a crafty player when it comes to freeing himself up to create room for a shot or by setting up his teammates. McGriff has excellent handles and a steady shot.

He provides St. John’s with another playmaker, something the Red Storm needed to stock up on. Shamorie Ponds has had a bulk of the point guard duties over the last few years, but with him going pro, that leaves the Johnnies with Greg Williams as the only other true point guard on the roster.