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Big East offer tracker (Sept. 21): DePaul, St. John’s secure 2021 commitments, new offers, final cuts, and more!

DePaul currently has a top-five 2021 recruiting class nationally, and St. John’s adds more local talent.

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It was a great week on the recruiting trail for the DePaul Blue Demons and St. John’s Red Storm.

Mike Anderson and his staff got another local commitment from three-star, 2021 guard Rafael Pinzon, a Puerto Rico native who’s following Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) teammate three-star forward Drissa Traore to the Johnnies.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, DePaul nabbed its fourth four-star commit for the class of 2021 in Kok Yat (Anchorage, Alaska/Norcross).

According to 247 sports, DePaul has a top-five ranked 2021 recruiting class nationally, with Yat and other four-star players Keon Edwards (Houston, Texas/Hillcrest Prep), David Jones (Dominican Republic/Teays Valley Christian), and Ahamad Bynum (Chicago, Ill./Neal F. Simon Charter). The Blue Demons also have two-star guard Brett Hardt Jr. (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Prep).

New commit:

  • Three-star, 2021 guard Rafael Pinzon (Puerto Rico/Long Island Lutheran) committed to St. John’s.
  • Four-star forward Kok Yat (Anchorage, Alaska/Norcross) reclassifies from 2022 to 2021 and commits to DePaul.

New offers:

  • 2023 forward Malik Bowman (Washington, D.C./Bishop Walsh) received an offer from Seton Hall.
  • Three-star, 2022 forward Darren Buchanan Jr. (Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson) received an offer from Xavier.
  • Four-star, 2022 Jameel Brown (Philadelphia, Pa./Haverford School) received an offer from Xavier.
  • 2023 guard Jahnathan Lamothe (Queens, N.Y./St. Frances) received an offer from Seton Hall.
  • 2022 guard Cam Lawin (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech) received an offer from DePaul.
  • 2023 forward Mackenzie Mgbako (Somerset, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s) received an offer from Georgetown.
  • 2024 guard Malachi Palmer (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) received an offer from DePaul.
  • 2022 forward Will Shaver (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain) received an offer From Georgetown.
  • Four-star, 2022 guard Tyrell Ward (Baltimore, Md./DeMatha Catholic) received offers from St. John’s and Seton Hall.
  • 2023 guard Bryson Warren (North Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) received an offer from Georgetown.
  • 2023 forward Akil Watson (Middletown, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) received an offer from Georgetown.
  • 2024 forward Tarik Watson (Middletown, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep) received an offer from Georgetown.
  • Three-star, 2022 guard Ziare Wells (Brooklyn, N.Y./South Shore) received an offer from Seton Hall.
  • Four-star, 2021 center Roosevelt Wheeler (Hampton, Va./John Marshall) received an offer from DePaul.
  • Four-star, 2022 forward Cam Whitmore (Odenton, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) received an offer from UConn.

Final cuts:

  • Four-star, 2021 forward Alex Fudge (Jacksonville, Fla./Robert E. Lee) didn’t include DePaul in his final 10.
  • Four-star, 2021 forward Jordan Nesbitt (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Christian) narrowed his list down from 11 to three schools. Seton Hall didn’t make the cut.

Non-Big East commitments:

  • Three-star, 2021 guard Nisine Poplar (Philadelphia, Pa./Math, Civics, and Sciences Charter) committed to Miami. Had Seton Hall and St. John’s in his final 10 list.
  • Three-star, 2021 forward John Poulakidas (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) committed to Yale. Had an offer from Butler.

Other notes:

  1. If you notice an error, have news of a new offer, please feel free to tip me off—or Big East Coast Bias—on Twitter: @becb_sbn and @erapay5. I’ll update accordingly.
  2. Shoutout to Anonymous Eagle, Casual Hoya, Banners on the Parkway, Rumble in the Garden, The UConn Blog, and VU Hoops. We unfortunately don’t have articles on all recruits, but we got some help in filling some blanks from our fellow Big East SB Nation sites. Some recruits have clickable names, which will take you to a relevant article regarding that player.
  3. I recommend viewing the spreadsheet externally, since you’ll be able to use things like filters (Google Sheets has that option on the top-left, next to the print button.) and Ctrl+F (Apple+F if you’re on Mac) to help make searching for recruits easier. You’ll also have a bigger screen/window to look at the spreadsheet: Big East Offer Tracker, last updated Sept. 21, 2020. Alternatively, you may view below.

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