With eleven days until the St. John’s season tips-off, we are continuing our ‘Days Until The Storm’ player preview series with no. 11, John McGriff.
The 6-foot point guard has been apart of the squad since last season, but he’ll get his first chance at some on-court action in a St. John’s uniform this season, as a shoulder injury forced him to redshirt his freshman year.
I’m telling you now though, DO NOT sleep on John McGriff.
Yeah, I’m deadass, Slam Mag actually dubbed that nickname for McGriff when a video of him crossing up an IMG Academy guard during his junior season in high school went viral.
He had these defenders on skates so bad that even heads in the comments were calling it staged.
Life Before The Storm
Don’t let the fact that the Johnnies already have a strong backcourt allow to you to sleep on McGriff. A 3-star recruit out of high school, ESPN.com had him listed as the no. 33 point guard in the nation and the no. 2 recruit in the state of Maryland.
The DMV native graduated Bishop McNamara High School with the school’s all-time assists record. Additionally, McGriff averaged 12 points and 5 assists per game.
Prior to taking McNamara to the quarterfinals of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, McGriff played his junior year at national powerhouse Huntington Prep (WV) where he averaged 7 and 6. Check out his official Huntington Prep mixtape from Slam below:
The Crossover King also played his AAU ball for Team Thrill and Team Melo.
What to Expect This Season
There’s no doubt that the Redshirt Freshman can ball. However, there’s no telling how much playing time he’ll receive right out of the gate due to the fact the Johnnies are strong at the one position and we haven’t gotten a look at him suit up for the Red Storm yet. The lefty will likely start the season just providing depth at point behind Rah and Posh.
That said, if his high school and AAU mixtapes are any indication, Big East guards better watch their ankles once he hits the floor. We do project that Mike Anderson believes his shifty play-style can provide value off the bench, and boy we can’t wait to see him hit the floor.