St. John's Coach Steve Lavin Lands West Coast High School Star, Dwayne Polee

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 7, 2010

St. John's new basketball coach, Steve Lavin, has used his West Coast connections to grab his first big recruit.

Dwayne Polee, a 6'7" forward from Westchester High who was the Los Angeles City Player of the Year, will officially announce for the Red Storm today, choosing them over Georgia and Oregon.

Polee, who averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, led Westchester to a 32-2 record and both the city and California State Division I championships. He is considered to be a major coup for Lavin, the former UCLA coach and ESPN analyst who arrived at St. John's just five weeks ago but established a strong relationship with Polee and his family in a relatively short time.

He is the biggest-name recruit to sign with St. John's in more than a decade.

Polee, a master dunker and steller shot blocker with his 40-inch vertical leap and aggressiveness around the basket, has been named the Daily Breeze Player of the Year after expanding this game and having his best season for Westchester (32-3), which captured back-to-back L.A City Section and CIF Division I state championships.

Lavin is awaiting a decision from another top recruit, 6'7" swingman Remi Barry of Sacramento. Barry is deciding between the Jonnies and California.