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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
St. John's reels in Adonis Delarosa

By Kieran Darcy

Adonis Delarosa, the 6-foot-10 senior center from Christ the King High School in Queens, verbally committed to St. John's on Wednesday.

Delarosa averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds per game for a Christ the King team that won the state federation championship. MSG placed him on its All-New York City second team. ESPN ranked him the 14th-best high school senior in the state.

"He's a space-eating five-man who is very intriguing because of how he can impact the game but needs to commit himself to getting into game shape before he can be a factor at the next level," is the conclusion of his ESPN Recruiting Nation profile. (Click here to read more.)

St. John's desperately needed to add a frontcourt player after the early departures of JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa and the graduation of Orlando Sanchez and God'sgift Achiuwa. The only other post player currently on the roster is 6-foot-7 forward Christian Jones, who averaged 2.5 points per game two years ago as a freshman and redshirted this past season.

Delarosa is the first recruit to commit to St. John's for next season. Coach Steve Lavin has several more scholarships available.

Another target is 6-foot-7 forward Keith Thomas of Westchester Community College, who averaged 15.3 points and 15.7 rebounds per game last season at the juco level.