Lavin must work tirelessly on 2011 class 

March, 25, 2010
Steve Lavin was named the next coach at St. John's on Tuesday. Lavin, who had previously been the head coach at UCLA, has an opportunity to make a lot of noise very quickly. With some local talent still left uncommitted in the Class of 2010 and a talented, experienced team returning next season, early victories could be possible in recruiting as well as on the court.

Undoubtedly, the Lavin's first task will be to make a run at Doron Lamb (Laurelton, N.Y./Oak Hill Academy) and Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y./Rice), but realistically it will be incredibly difficult to land either. Lamb is further along in the process than Jack; he's planning to announce where he is going at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 17. Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Arizona and West Virginia are his final five. Meanwhile Jack has a trip to Miami scheduled for early April and has a long list of interested high-major programs. However, that's part of what makes the situation appealing -- it's a golden opportunity without the burden of expectations.