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JC standout Bashir Ahmed to St. John’s

A thin and inexperienced roster has led to a difficult 2015-2016 season in head coach Chris Mullin’s inaugural season at St. John’s. It’s clear that the Red Storm needs to significant upgrade the talent on their roster for a rebuild of the program to work in the ensuing seasons. St. John’s may have added a piece towards that end on Saturday, scoring touted juco wing Bashir Ahmed, an elite two-year prospect.

Ahmed, a one-time Iona pledge, has starred at Hutchison CC (KS) this year, averaging nearly 20 points per game to go with 7 rebounds. Ahmed has hit 38% from 3-point range, and nearly 80 percent from the charity stripe.

The Red Storm now has two members in its 2016 recruiting class, as Ahmed joins standout New York City guard Shamorie Ponds.

With a pair of graduate transfer seniors starting at forward currently for St. John’s, the path is clear for Ahmed to start when he hits campus, and provide scoring and shooting pop from the wing.

St. John’s Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsFederico Mussini (So)Federico Mussini (Jr)Federico Mussini (Sr)
Marcus LoVett (Fr)Marcus LoVett (So)Marcus LoVett (Jr)
Shamorie Ponds (Fr)Shamorie Ponds (So)Shamorie Ponds (Jr)
WingsBashir Ahmed (Jr)Bashir Ahmed (Sr)Malik Ellison (Sr)Justin Simon (Sr)
Malik Ellison (So)Malik Ellison (Jr)Marvin Clark (Sr)
Marvin Clark (Rs)Marvin Clark (Jr)Justin Simon (Jr)
Justin Simon (Rs)Justin Simon (So)
PostsDarien Williams (Jr)Amar Alibegovic (Sr)Tariq Owens (Sr)Richard Freudenberg (Sr)
Amar Alibegovic (Jr)Tariq Owens (Jr)Kassoum Yakwe (Sr)Zach Brown (Jr)
Tariq Owens (So)Kassoum Yakwe (Jr)Yankuba Sima (Sr)
Kassoum Yakwe (So)Yankuba Sima (Jr)Richard Freudenberg (Jr)
Yankuba Sima (So)Richard Freudenberg (So)Zach Brown (So)
Richard Freudenberg (Fr)Zach Brown (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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