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Cali Connections

May 6, 2010

 

Dwayne Polee will wear the Red and White this year

Steve Lavin secured his first recruit for St. John’s on Thursday, as 6 foot 7 wing-man Dwayne Polee will join the Red Storm for the 2010-2011 season.  Polee comes out of Westchester High in LA and has been described as “the best dunker in high school basketball.”  In addition to his high-light reels, Polee also averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds in leading Westchester to the state Championship.  He was named the City Player of the year by the Los Angeles Times. 

“I chose St. Johns because I felt that Steve Lavin and his staff could get me to the next level,” said Polee via text message.  He had originally committed to USC as a freshman in 2007 after his father was hired as Director of Basketball Operations by Tim Floyd.  After NCAA investigations on USC last summer, Floyd re-signed and Polee pulled back his letter of intent. 

Dwayne Polee chose St. John’s over UNLV, Georgia, UTEP and Oregon. 

In other St. John’s news, Lavin made it official earlier in the week that former Rice High School head coach Maurice Hicks will be joining the staff as the Director of Basketball Operations.   Per NCAA rules, St. john’s could not add any players from Rice or the New York Gauchos for two years.

“Moe Hicks is a great addition to the St. John’s staff,” said Kimani Young, the AD of the New Heights AAU program who formerly worked on Norm Roberts‘ St. John’s staff. “He’s an accomplished coach with a solid reputation for developing talent. He has relationships that stretch far past New York City.”

Hicks led Rice to the New York State Federation tournament championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2009 and has churned out a slew of high-major Division 1 players, including Curtis Kelly (Kansas State), Kemba Walker (UConn) and Durand Scott (Miami).

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4 comments

  1. high school talent this year is wizzeak


  2. why you say that? its the same as every year…


  3. its the same every year?? no way bro.. talent differs every year.. theres no clear stand out this year like last year or the year before..last year alone had Wall, Cousins, Favors and Lance Stephenson…this year its like Josh Smith out of Seattle..maybe Kenny Boyton or Brandon Knight..no clear cut great HS talent coming out this year.. Polee is not even in the top 10


  4. Nah there’s plenty of elite talent this year…Josh Selby, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Irving, Brandon Knight, and Tobias Harris out of Long Island just to name a few.



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