Tani Oluwaseyi will do his scoring now with Minnesota United. (Photo courtesy of St.  John’s)

Minnesota United selected St. John’s forward Tani Oluwaseyi with the 17th pick of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday.

When healthy, 6-2, 170-lb. Oluwaseyi was an attacking force for the Red Storm.

“He’s been a player we’ve targeted and known about for a while, he’s very gifted athletically and he’s got a ton of upside,” Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “He’s got good movement in the box, he’s quick, he’s good in the air. He always looks to get in behind and move the defenders, he’s got all the type of stuff we look for in strikers, so we think he’s really going to fit well with the rest of our group up front.”

The Nigerian-born, Canadian resident played 49 games in his four years at St. John’s, recording of 20 goals, with a season-high of 11 in 2019.

Despite being sidelined by a knee injury in 2021, the 21-year-old Oluwaseyi battled back to make two appearances in the 2021 regular season finale and the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. In his junior year, Oluwaseyi was named first team All-Big East and the conference’s preseason offensive player of the year, was on the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, and led the team with five goals and three assists.

In his best season, as a sophomore, the forward was named the Big East offensive player of the year, making the All-Big East first team. His 11 goals was the most in the season by a Red Storm player since 2003.