This is only going to add to the intense nature of the St. John’s-Seton Hall rivalry.
A month after Queens native Jaquan Sanders decommitted from Mike Anderson’s program, he verbally committed to Kevin Willard’s Pirates on Friday night.
The 6-foot-3, three-star recruit had recently announced a top five of Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Hofstra, Temple and Butler. But Seton Hall was always seen as the heavy favorite, once the sharpshooting guard parted ways with St. John’s.
At the time of his decommitment, Sanders said his mother, Lisa, wanted him further away from home — he hails from a dangerous neighborhood in Far Rockaway — than nearby St. John’s. According to sources, the family was unsure if St. John’s was the right fit, based on its up-tempo style of play and glut of players at Sanders’ position.
Sanders, who attends Our Saviour Lutheran in The Bronx — where he teamed with current Johnnies Posh Alexander and Dylan Addae-Wusu — recently took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall and the Pirates’ coaching staff had seen him a few times at OSL.
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Sanders’ recruitment was a very interesting one to follow. Roughly a week before he committed to St. John’s back in mid-September, there were whispers he was going to wind up at Seton Hall. But that changed during his official visit to Queens. Then, shortly after picking the Johnnies, he backed off his commitment. Now he is headed to the Hall.
Sanders joins three-star guard Jaquan Harris and three-star forward Percy Daniels in Willard’s 2021 recruiting class. St. John’s has a two-man class, four-star guard AJ Storr and three-star guard Kolby King, that is set to sign on Wednesday at the start of the early signing period.
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