Lavin must work tirelessly on 2011 class

Updated: March 30, 2010, 3:45 PM ET
By Adam Finkelstein
Steve Lavin was named the next coach at St. John's on Tuesday. Lavin, who had previously been the head coach at UCLA, has an opportunity to make a lot of noise very quickly. With some local talent still left uncommitted in the Class of 2010 and a talented, experienced team returning next season, early victories could be possible in recruiting as well as on the court.

Undoubtedly, the Lavin's first task will be to make a run at Doron Lamb (Laurelton, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy) and Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y./Rice), but realistically it will be incredibly difficult to land either. Lamb is further along in the process than Jack; he's planning to announce where he is going at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17. Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Arizona and West Virginia are his final five. Meanwhile Jack has a trip to Miami scheduled for early April and has a long list of interested high-major programs. However, that's part of what makes the situation appealing -- it's a golden opportunity without the burden of expectations.