Local Standout Stays Home

One of the finest players in the city is staying home. Ricky Torres, a standout from St. Raymond's pledged to help one program get back on track.

It's no secret that St. John's head coach Norm Roberts is ready to battle to the end for the very best homegrown talent. Late Wednesday night, Roberts scored a good win in his quest to sign the best talent in the city.

According to St. Raymond's head coach Oliver Antigua, Ricky Torres (6-foot-4) picked up the phone and committed to the Red Storm Wednesday night.

"They think that he's the player that can help St. John's get back to where it wants to be," Antigua said. "Now some other local kids might see that it's good to stay home."

On a team which featured no less than four Division I players last year, Torres scored 14 points a game and shot better than 40% from behind the arc. He had been considering Louisville in addition to the Red Storm.

"I think they made him a priority," Antigua said. "They worked him hard and Coach Martin was relentless.

"I told him that if he knew where he wanted to go then go ahead and pull the trigger."

St. John's remains involved with several Top 100 players, including a pair of forwards. Recently they visited with Top 50 forward Casaan Breeden and No. 100 forward Anthony Mason.


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