St. John's recruit commits on the spot

St. John's has received a late commitment from guard Michael Perez, and according to the Tucson Citizen, coach Steve Lavin after watching Perez play at an AAU tournament in Long Beach, Calif. offered a scholarship and got the commitment right then and there.

Why the quick decision from Perez? According to the report, his other opportunities included a scholarship offer from Central Arizona, a junior college, and also a possible spot as a walk-on at UTEP.

The Arizona Republic reports that Perez might have slipped under the radar before, but it helped to be playing alongside 2011 top-flight point guard recruit Jahii Carson this summer.

"He never got that much exposure (in southern Arizona)," said Chad Groth, who runs AAU tournaments in the Valley and was approached by the St. John's coach about Perez. "He's a great athlete.

"You've got to be at the right place at the right time."

Perez averaged 29 points in his senior year of high school and has to be thrilled that he's going from obscurity to the Big East. And if he produces, St. John's will know it picked up an absolute steal.