QUEENS, N.Y. (May 15, 2007) – St. John’s head men’s basketball coach Norm Roberts announced the signing of D.J. Kennedy and Sean Evans from the Class of 2007 to National Letters of Intent during this spring signing period. The duo join exceptional local standouts Malik Boothe, Justin Burrell and Mike Cavataio and formidable prep stars Dele Coker and Paris Horne, to comprise a seven-man incoming class for the Red Storm.
2007 St. john’s Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown (High School/Previous School)
Malik Boothe G 5-9 185 Fr.-H.S. Rosedale, N.Y. (Christ the King)
Justin Burrell F 6-8 220 Fr.-H.S. Bronx, N.Y. (Our Savior Lutheran/Bridgton Academy (Maine)
Mike Cavataio* G/F 6-4 180 Fr.-H.S. Forest Hills, N.Y. (St. Francis Prep)
Dele Coker F/C 6-10 280 Fr.-H.S. Newburgh, N.Y. (South Kent (Conn.)
Sean Evans* F 6-8 230 Fr.-H.S. Philadelphia, Pa. (Northeast)
Paris Horne* G/F 6-3 180 Fr.-H.S. Middletown, Del. (Middletown/Bridgton Academy (Maine)
D.J. Kennedy* G/F 6-6 190 Fr.-H.S. Pittsburgh, Pa. (Schenley)
“This recruiting class will very much improve our overall talent level,” said Roberts. “This is a class that will improve our team tremendously from an athletic standpoint, and from a creativity standpoint. We will be able to play with different lineups, and play at different speeds. We can play big or small, and we’ll also have the ability to do some things with defensive pressure. Again, this past year we played more passively defensively on the perimeter than I would have liked, and these athletes make us a lot quicker defensively and more explosive.”
Sean Evans • F • Spring Signee
Evans, a standout in both basketball and football at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, is a strong, skilled combo forward who can face-up or post-up on the offensive end. Evans averaged 22.0 points per game for the Vikings as a senior in 2006-07, earning second team all-city honors in basketball after meriting first team all-city honors as a defensive end on the football gridiron. Evans, who eventually grew to 6-8 after playing as a 5-10 freshman guard, still owns guard skills and is an adept ball-handler and passer for an athlete of his size. A physical rebounder and defender, he has the ability to guard different positions. His high school coach was Elsa Cohen.
“Sean gives us the ability to play fast, because he is very good running the floor in transition, he has great hands, and he is a very good finisher around the basket,” said Roberts. “Sean has a good mid-range game, and can handle the ball very well for his size.”
D.J. Kennedy • G/F • Spring Signee
A 6-6 athlete that can play the point guard, shooting guard or small forward positions, Kennedy was a first team all-city honoree and a two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous Five” selection for state and city champion Schenley High School and coach Fred Scroki. Kennedy averaged 17.7 ppg, 7.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per outing as a senior, helping Schenley to a 29-3 record, the school’s third-consecutive city title, and a victory over Chester H.S. for the 2007 PIAA AAAA State championship. The four-year starter has been ranked as high as the No. 35 small forward in the nation, and will receive a Scholar-Athlete Award from the Pittsburgh YMCA on May. 31. Kennedy is also likely to be named to the all-state team when it is announced.
“D.J. Kennedy will bring a lot of versatility to our team. He has the ability to play multiple positions, and he has the ability to make plays when they aren’t necessarily there,” said Roberts. “D.J. fills up the stat sheet and does whatever is necessary. If we need assists, he’ll get assists. If we need rebounds, he’ll get rebounds. If it’s a defensive assignment, he’ll defend. If we need to push the ball up in transition, he can do that. He will give us a lot of length and athletic ability.”
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