Things just keep getting better for Steve Lavin in his first year at St. John's. Already the owner of the second rated recruiting class in the country, Lavin struck two more times on Tuesday.
Early in the afternoon, St. John's announced that they had received a signed letter of intent from little known Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy forward Dwight Meikle.
Tuesday night, Lavin and his crew hauled in yet another four-star (their fifth in the class of 2011) when Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep star Amir Garrett picked the Johnnies.
"He's definitely going to sign with St. John's tomorrow," said Findlay assistant coach Todd Simon. "It kind of came out of the blue. I think he thought about it and thought recruiting isn't for him and he was ready to do it. Those guys know when it feels right."
A 6-foot-5 wing who played in the Las Vegas area before moving to California for his junior season, Garrett is a bit time athlete and one of the top defenders in the country. A top notch slasher, he's still relatively new to full-time basketball and has considerable upside.
"He's an elite, elite defender and he probably will be that right out of the box," said Simon. "Offensively he's really learning, he's really getting better. As an athlete he's as good as he gets"
"His motor is going 100% for every drill and every play."
In addition to Meikle and Garrett, St. John's recruiting class already includes five-star Norvel Pelle and four-star prospects Maurice Harkless, Dominique Pointer, Jakarr Sampson, D'Angelo Harrison. Junior college player Nurideen Lindsey is currently rated a three-star prospect. However, the Redlands College freshman is a strong candidate to be elevated to four-star status.