Big Man Needed For Big East Push In 2007

Scout.com's East Coast expert Mike Sullivan discusses Dele Coker's game with St. John's head coach Norm Roberts ...

Last night reminded many St. John's basketball fans that there is some work still to be done to put this program back where it belongs -- in the NCAA tournament. Yes, it was a tough night for Red Storm fans. But there is plenty of help on the way and there's a boatload of games left this season.

This site have detailed two of the three 2007 recruits -- Justin Burrell and Malik Boothe. In this story, we take a look at South Kent's big man Dele Coker.

"We needed to get a big man in this class with two of our inside guys leaving next year," said St. John's head coach Norm Roberts. "Dele was a big get for us. He has tremendous upside and potential and is getting better each week."

Roberts pointed out that Coker's year at South Kent this season is big too. "They play a great schedule," said Roberts. "And the coaching staff does a great job in developing their players. So Dele will be even better by the time he gets to St. John's next season."

St. John's recruited Coker to the Queens based campus for several reasons. "He is an unselfish player," Roberts said. "He does everything he needs to do to help his team win the game. It's the only thing he really concerns himself with.

"He is also a very good rebounder and shotblocker. So he can be an impact player at both ends of the court. I like the fact that he is a big man who likes to play big."

But Roberts indicated that there's more to Coker's game. "He has a nice touch from 15 feet and in," Roberts said. "But he does more than the parts that show up in a boxscore. He is a very good screener. His time at South Kent has helped him in these very important parts for any player with a big body.


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