St. John's officially added combo guard Simeon Wilcher on Thursday, and as a top-30 prospect in the Class of 2023, he is the highest rated incoming freshman the program has recruited in the past decade.
Wilcher, a Plainfield, New Jersey, native, is a 6-foot-4 guard who ranks as a top-5 prospect and a top-10 rated point guard from N.J. in this year's class. The four-star standout played for national power Roselle Catholic.
St. John's Head Coach Rick Pitino said in a statement, "Simeon is one of the premier high school players and he's a proven winner. He is a multidimensional combo guard who athletically has all the skills to be a great Big East player."
Over his four-year career at Roselle Catholic, Wilsher scored more than 1,200 points and had nearly 500 assists. The two-time NJ.com First Team All-State selection helped lead Roselle Catholic to back-to-back of NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championships in 2022 and 2023 after going a perfect 15-0 in the state tournament. Roselle Catholic also made the semifinals of the 2023 State Champions Invitational in Washington, DC, after scoring 29 points and having five assists in a win over Curtis High School (Washington).
Wilcher was a senior this past season, and he averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals, and he scored in double figures in 20 of 25 appearances, including seven games in which he scored over 20 points.
As a junior, Wilcher was the 2022 NJ.com Player of the Year, as he averaged 16.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in 30 appearances, as he led Roselle Catholic to its first of two consecutive state championships.
Wilcher also has played on the AAU circuit, as he played for the City Rocks last summer. Over five games at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, including a 30-point performance in the opening round. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Peach Jam Pool Play.