Nurideen Lindsey, 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., became the fifth Lavin commit when he made a verbal pledge Monday night.
“I decided to take my talents to New York and play for Coach Lav at St. John’s,” Lindsey wrote by text.
“There’s too many different things I liked about them, but for the most part the coaching staff is full of great guys.”
Lindsey will finish up at Redlands next spring and have three years of eligibility remaining at St. John’s.
Earlier in the week, Lindsey said he had narrowed his list to the Johnnies, Kentucky, Auburn and Oklahoma State.
Lindsey’s commitment came just a few hours after Detroit wing Dominick Pointer pledged to St. John’s.
Lavin’s first class now includes Lindsey, Pointer, Maurice Harkless, JaKarr Sampson and D’Angelo Harrison.
He has five more scholarships to give, and sources said he may opt to sign seven high school players and three JUCOs.
Lindsey was one of many players to attend Friday’s Midnight Madness and said he enjoyed it.
“It was cool,” he said. “A lot of people came out and showed their support.”
At Overbrook High School in Philly, Lindsey challenged Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record. Chamberlain finished with 2,206 points and Lindsey scored 1,315 through three seasons. He averaged 38 points as a junior, before taking two years off because of the death of his best friend from cancer and the murder of his younger brother, Halim, in 2009.
“If I played my senior year, I probably would have averaged 50,” he told The New York Times.
Derrick Millinghaus, a 5-10 PG from Schenectady who is at Queen City (N.C.) prep for his senior year, committed to St. Bonaventure last night…Robbie Hummel will return to Purdue for 2011-12 season, per the Sporting News.