Thursday, May 4, 2023

St. John's Inks Taylor & Dunlap As Pitino Continues To Build Roster


The signing of Glenn Taylor announced on @StJohnsBBall on Twitter.

The St. John's Red Storm made two big additions on Tuesday, as Head Coach Rick Pitino continues to build the roster ahead of his debut season. Oregon State transfer Glenn Taylor, Jr. officially signed with St. John's, and four-star forward Brady Dunlap signed a National Letter of Intent.

GLENN TAYLOR, JR.: Glenn Taylor is the latest experienced wing that Pitino has brought in, as Taylor, a transfer from Oregon State, officially signed with St. John's on Tuesday.

As a sophomore this past season at Oregon State, Taylor, who is 6-foot-6, averaged 11.6 points per game, second-most on the team, and he recorded double figures 20 times, including three 20-point efforts. He also notched career highs with 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. His best game of the this past season was on March 4 against California, when he had a career-high 28 points, which including making 15 out of 16 free throw attempts.

Pitino said in a statement, "Glenn has been an extremely effective basketball player in the Pac-12. He puts it on the floor, gets to the foul line where he shoots 80 percent, and he's extremely quick and athletic. Glenn fits perfect for our style and play."

In the 2021-22 season, Taylor was selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. He appeared in 30 games, including starting the final 12 games, as a rookie at Oregon State.  He averaged 6.9 points and shot 48.2 percent from the field in 22.3 minutes per game. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in the final 11 games of the season.

The signing of Brady Dunlap as it was announced on @StJohnsBBall on Twitter.

BRADY DUNLAP: Pitino received a commitment from four-star forward Brady Dunlap, who signed a National Letter of Intent with St. John's on Tuesday. 

ESPN rates Dunlap as the 86th overall prospect and 22nd at his position in the Class of 2023, and he will join St. John's for the 2023-24 season.

Dunlap is a 6-foot-7 wing from Newhall, California, and he is a top-10 prospect from that state. He led national powerhouse Harvard-Westlake to a 33-2 record in the 2022-23 season, with the Wolverines winning the 2023 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship. The school finished the campaign with a No. 6 ranking nationally, according to MaxPreps and No. 11 i ESPN's SCNext Top-25.

As a senior, Dunlap earned All-CIF First Team honors after he averaged 17.0 points per game, while shooting 47.0 percent from the field, and notching 5.0 rebounds per game. He had 16 points in the CIF open division title game against Santa Maria St. Joseph on March 11 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Pitino said in a statement, "Brady Dunlap has an awesome future. He's a gym rat who shoots it as well as any wing basketball player out of the high school ranks. Brady is athletic, quick and will really thrive in our fastbreak system."

Prior to Dunlap's senior season at Harvard-Westlake, he averaged 16.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game for Strive for Greatness (Calif.), a LeBron James sponsored team, on the Nike EYBL Circuit in the summer of 2022. He shot 46.0 percent from the field, and 34.0 from behind the arc.

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