NEW YORK (AP) — The news just keeps getting better for first-year St. John’s coach Steve Lavin.

The former UCLA coach added another highly regarded player to his first recruiting class on Friday, 6-foot-10 Norvel Pelle of Compton, Calif.

Pelle did not play last season, sitting out per transfer rules, but this summer he was a member of USA Basketball’s developmental national team. An inside player and shot blocker, Pelle is rated as high as No. 2 among high school players and is a consensus top 20 pick overall by the national scouting services.

The others to sign with St. John’s are all considered top 100 recruits: 6-6 Sir’ Dominic Pointer, 6-8 Maurice Harkless, 6-3 D’Angelo Harrison, 6-7 Jakarr Sampson and point guard Nurideen Lindsey of Redlands C.C. (Okla.).

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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