St. John’s basketball lands highly recruited Samir Doughty

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It’s another top recruit heading to St. John’s to play for Steve Lavin.

Highly-regarded Samir Doughty, out of Philadelphia, says he will accept a scholarship offer from St. John’s, according to coach Danny Jackson, coach of Math, Civics and Sciences High.

Doughty, a 17-year-old who measures 6-4 and can play either guard position chose St. John’s over Seton Hall, Penn State, LaSalle and George Mason. He averaged 16.8 points last season and was a Philly.com first-team All-City selection. He comes out of the same AAU program, Philly Select, that produced current point guard Rysheed Jordan.

“Samir has the will, determination and passion required to win at the Big East level,” said his coach, Danny Jackson. “I see him as high-major. He can do everything and is 6-5. He can play either point guard position at St. John’s.”

Last season, Doughty averaged 16.8 points.

“The main reason Samir chose St. John’s is (coach) Steve Lavin,” Jackson said. “He can score in his system. He can do other things in his system. He felt this is the right school to get him to the next level.“

According to Jackson, Doughty will academically qualify for NCAA freshman participation.

“He wants a legacy and believes it will come at St. John’s,” Jackson said. “I may be biased because I have seen him, but he what he does against the better-rated players? No one can stop him.”

Just last week St. John’s narrowly missed out on Roselle Catholic (N.J.) point guard Isaiah Briscoe, who opted for Kentucky. Doughty is the second option and on Storm coaches feel will explode on the scene.

“He loves St. John’s style of play,” Jackson said. “He is friendly with (Jordan) and has been encouraged that this is where pros are made.”

Under Lavin, who just began his fifth season, St. John’s has produced two NBA players – Maurice Harkless and JaKarr Sampson – and might have two more in Jordan and center Chris Obekpa. 

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