Red Storm Strikes Twice

Anthony Mason, a Top 100 recruit out of Tennessee, committed to play in the Big East Sunday night. Mason committed shortly after his official visit.

The St. John's Red Storm had a huge Sunday in terms of recruiting. Norm Roberts' Red Storm program locked down two key commitments, both of which occurred shortly after official visits.

Early in the morning, the Red Storm procured a commitment from Highland Junior College center Aaron Spears. Spears, a second team pre-season junior college all-american, goes 6-foot-9.

Later in the evening, Roberts and his staff struck again with its second commitment of the day.

Anthony Mason, a 6-foot-7 Top 100 player out of Memphis Fairley called the staff hours upon returning home from his official trip.

"All along this was the place he was waiting for to get to make a decision," Memphis Bulldogs coach Spencer Johnson said. "Deep down inside New York has been in his heart."

Mason had been considering UAB and Washington State but St. John's was always thought to be a major player in this one, especially given the fact his father Anthony Mason, Sr., is a former New York Knick.

"[Roberts] came in and met with him and told him how important it was for the kids to excel on and off the court," Johnson said. "He explained to him how much he cared about the kids excelling in the classroom and graduating.

"With him being new and rebuilding the program, they wanted Anthony to be a part of the process. He's excited about that to. We're really convinced that [Roberts] is going to lead them back to national prominence."

For Spears, helping the Red Storm move up in the Big East and nationally was also a big draw. "Me and Anthony, I think we got kind of close on the visit and we talked a lot," Spears. "We were taking about how we can get the program back."

In addition to Mason and Spears, the Red Storm has a commitment from Ricky Torres. Casaan Breeden, a Top 50 player, remains a key target of the program as well.

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