St. John's picks up verbal

Rodney Epperson, a 6-7 small forward now at Midland (TX) JC, has given a
verbal commitment to St. John's for the 2004-05 season.

Epperson transferred to Midland this summer from Barton (KS) CC, where he veraged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists as a freshman for the 28-4 Cougars. He connected on 46% of his field goals, 36% from beyond the arc and 77% from the foul line. Epperson was named third team All-Conference in the Jayhawk-West division.

The Queens (NY) native was at standout at LaSalle HS in New York before completing his prep years at Troy (NY) Redemption and Maine Central.

Epperson enters this season ranked #7 among the nation's JUCO small forwards by (Matthew Maurer), #8 by Lindy's (Van Coleman) and #9 by The Sporting News (Rick Ball).

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