St. John's picks up first 2012 commitment

According to multiple sources, St. John's head coach Steve Lavin gained his first recruit from the senior class on Monday with a verbal pledge from guard Felix Balamou (Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior New American).

Lavin had two players renege on commitments to the Red Storm, power forward Ricardo Gathers (Laplace, La./Riverside Academy) and shooting guard Darrick Wood (Washington, D.C./Bridgton Academy). Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch (Humble, Texas) will be eligible in January 2013.