AJ Storr

AJ Storr makes a move to the basket during a 2020 game against Thornton. Storr, currently a senior at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to St. John’s Wednesday.

Daily Journal Staff Report

As former Kankakee basketball standout AJ Storr makes himself at home before his reclassified senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the four-star recruit has also found himself a post-secondary home.

Storr tweeted Wednesday that he has committed to St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., and a member of the Big East Conference.

“First off I would like to thank God for giving me the chance to play basketball,” Storr tweeted. “Next I would like to give a special thanks to my family[,] who [have] sacrificed so much for me to be able to play the game that I love.

“Also, I would like to thank all the high schools I’ve played at and the teammates that I’ve had,” the tweet continued. “Lastly, I would like to thank all the coaches that have recruited me. With that being said, I am 110% committed to St. John’s University.”

Storr was a sophomore and junior at Kankakee during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, transferring from Rockford Lutheran after his freshman year. He was a Daily Journal All-Area and Southland Athletic All-Conference selection to cap off a junior season in which he helped lead the Kays to the IHSA Class 3A Sweet Sixteen and a school-record 27 wins before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.

He moved to Las Vegas last summer and transferred to Bishop Gorman, but after prep sports were halted in Nevada due to the pandemic, he moved a bit further south to Arizona Compass Prep in Chandler, Ariz., where he averaged 12.5 points per game as a reclassified junior.

Out west, Storr saw his recruiting skyrocket. He currently sits inside the ESPN Top 100 recruits for the Class of 2022 (49th) and is a consensus four-star recruit as a wing player. He originally committed to the University of Illinois in April, but decommitted over the summer after the Fighting Illini shuffled their assistant coaching deck.