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Whitehead likely to stay local

At one point in time, five-star shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead was considered a lock to leave his region for Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse or Minnesota. Now it is looking as if he will stay close to home.

Isaiah Whitehead is a physical scoring machine.

The Brooklyn native announced Tuesday night via Twitter that he would make his college decision on Thursday at Lincoln High School in New York. He will pick between St. John’s, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Indiana.

Longtime favorite Syracuse isn't even on the list.

Whitehead is considered as the top prospect in the state of New York and the fifth best shooting guard in the class of 2014 by the 247Sports composite rankings. He is also considered the 17th best player overall in the class of 2014.

Up until Monday, Seton Hall was considered the favorite according to the Crystal Ball, receiving 60 percent of the votes. Now, St. John’s has been picked 21 straight times and is the overwhelming favorite at 70 percent. Seton Hall predictions have dwindled down to just 20 percent.

Whitehead is scheduled to visit St. John's today and visited Seton Hall last weekend. He has also visited Indiana but has not visited Minnesota or Pittsburgh.

The Red Storm currently have no other commitments for the class of 2014, but have three freshman guards on their current roster for this upcoming season.

St. John’s is looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for this first time since 2011. The Red Storm has never won a national title, and hasn’t made it past the Sweet 16 since 1999.

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