Lavin Lands First Recruit of 2012 Class

The men’s basketball team’s 2012 recruiting class is no longer empty. Head coach Steve Lavin received a verbal commitment on March 12 from Long Island shooting guard Felix Balamou, according to the player’s assistant coach.

Balamou, listed at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds by the recruiting service Scout, attends Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, N.Y., and is a teammate of another Lavin target, ESPNU Top-100 big man Christopher Obekpa.

Balamou has been described as raw and athletic, and is unrated by most major recruiting services. Despite the low profile, however, OSNA assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch told the Torch that St. John’s was not the biggest offer that the guard received.

“He’s one of the most underrecruited kids in the country,” Jaklitsch told CBSSports earlier in the year. “He’s exploded his senior year.”