Felix Balamou commits to St. John's

St. John's received a verbal commitment on Monday from Felix Balamou, a 6-foot-3 senior wingman from Our Savior New American School on Long Island.

Balamou is the first recruit to commit to St. John's this spring. St. John's is also adding point guard Jamal Branch, a highly touted transfer from Texas A&M, who will be eligible for the Red Storm starting in the second semester of next year.

St. John's coach Steve Lavin is also courting Balamou's high school teammate, Chris Obekpa, a 6-foot-8 center who ESPNU ranks as the No. 50 high school senior in the country.

Lavin has several roster spots to fill, and desperately needs to add some post players to his talented mix of guards and wingmen that played for St. John's this season.