Top recruit Chieck Diallo decides to go with Kansas after St. John’s makes a late push.
St. John’s missed out on top target Cheick Diallo Tuesday when the Long Island blue-chipper chose Kansas. He announced his decision in a Twitter post.
The 6-9 Diallo was looking at Kansas, St. John’s, Kentucky, Iowa State and Pittsburgh. He had two in-person meetings with new St. John’s coach Chris Mullin.
Diallo was MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game, and he was one of the MVPs of the Jordan Classic at Barclays Center with 26 points after making 12 of 16 shots and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Out of Our Savior New American in Centereach, L.I., Diallo already projects as a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
St. John’s arrived late in the process, but was well-armed. New Storm assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih had been the point man on recruiting Diallo for Iowa State. New Johnnies top assistant Barry Rohrssen has been the point man on recruiting Diallo for Kentucky. Yet neither was offering the same product.
“St. John’s is a rising program. Kansas is established,” one source told the Daily News. “He wanted the proven item for his future.”
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