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Monday, July 5, 2010
Lavin to recruit at biblical proportions?

By Diamond Leung

St. John's coach Steve Lavin is set to reintroduce himself to the recruiting scene this month, and look for him to be one of the more active coaches evaluating talent.

No, that doesn't necessarily mean Lavin will be riding an exercise bike while watching recruits. But expect him to go the extra mile given that according to SNY.tv, the Red Storm has as many as 10 scholarships to fill.


"It's a situation where I call it the St. John's Noah's Ark," Lavin said in a phone interview. "We're going to need two of every position."

More than 75 percent of the St. John's roster will turn over after this coming season, when St. John's will feature nine seniors and expects to compete for a spot in the top half of the Big East.

"We really have no choice because we have nine seniors and we have 10 scholarships available, so it appears that we're moving in that direction where we're going to sign 9 or 10 players in our first class and that way we'll have two of every position," Lavin said.

And according to the report, one of the recruits Lavin is looking to bring aboard his ark is a 6-foot-9 junior college All-American named God's Gift Achiuwa.

Achiuwa is from Nigeria and plays forward at Erie Community College in Buffalo. Will he eventually become God's Gift to St. John's?

At least we know this: Lavin has scholarships to give.