St. John’s Harrison Has Potential to Be a Dominant Big East Player; South Carolina’s Williams Released From Hospital After Neck Injury

NEW YORK — Frank Martin knows all about D’Angelo Harrison.

Martin made a run at the talented two guard when he was the coach at Kansas State

“I recruited D’Angelo Harrison real hard at K-State,” Martin said after the 6-foot-3 Harrison went for a game-high 26 points as St. John’s destroyed the Gamecocks, 89-65, in the Big East/SEC Challenge at Carnesecca Arena. “I thought he was a real good player. When St. John’s got him I knew he’d be a handful.

“He’s got the ability on certain nights to go for a lot of, lot of baskets. He’s a high-level player.”

Harrison entered the season as a second-team All-Big East selection, but quickly fell into head coach Steve Lavin’s doghouse with his immature antics during the preseason. He came off the bench in one exhibition game and did not play entirely in another.

“Before he would undermine his own objectives and our team along with them when he would get sidetracked or distracted,” Lavin said.

But Harrison appears to have pulled his act together and appears less distracted by the officials, hard fouls or things not going his way.

“There’s a real breakthrough in terms of maturity on D’Angelo’s part and we’re pleased with that,” Lavin said.

That is all good news for St. John’s, which improved to 5-2 and has a real shot to exceed expectations and finish above the 10th-place finish the Big East coaches expect.

He has now scored 20+ points in six of the Johnnies’ seven games and has the ability to score in all three phases of the game.

“He’s as prolific a scorer as there in the Big East,” Lavin said. “He has range like Reggie Miller but he’s improved his short game like Scottie Reynolds. There’s the craftiness, too, of getting guys in the air and getting himself to the foul line.

“The arsenal in his offensive attack is impressive because he has the deep game, the mid-range game, stop-and-pop game, and then the rim game. And then if you foul him, he’s money from the free throw line.

“He’s as highly skilled as anyone in the conference.”

St. John’s isn’t going to dominate anyone on the boards. They were out-rebounded, 43-31, in this one, but they can get up and down the floor quick enough to compensate for that, and they play tough, physical defense (holding USC to 37 percent shooting while shooting 57 percent themselves).

Harrison is surrounded by a complement of long, athletic wing players like Amir Garrett, who had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, and JaKarr Sampson (11 points); a capable point guard in Phil Greene (13 points, 4 assists); an improving guard in Felix Balamou, who had two blocks on one possession that landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays; and a developing shot-blocker in Chris Obekpa (eight points, three blocks).

“They can score,” Martin said. “They’ve got length, they’ve got athleticism and they’ve got numerous guys that are very good with the basketball.

“If you allow them to get out and attack you the way they attacked us, they can make it a difficult night for you. They’ve got that ability. They’re high-skill guys that can make you pay.”

As for Martin recruiting Harrison, Lavin said they never had a chance.

Actually, he said Marquette was the favorite to land Harrison before Baylor, Oklahoma State and St. John’s got involved.

“He had a good visit so, yeah,” Lavin said, “we’re definitely glad we have him.”

SOUTH CAROLINA’S WILLIAMS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

South Carolina junior guard Brenton Williams was released from a local hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second half and was expected to travel with the team to Columbia, S.C.

With St. John’s up 51-41 and 13:34 remaining, Williams drove to the basket, was fouled by Phil Greene and then collided with 6-foot-9, 223-pound Chris Obekpa, who jumped to block Williams’ shot and landed on top of Williams on the floor. Obekpa remained on top of Williams on the ground for several seconds.

Williams was immobilized and wheeled off on a stretcher as the game was stopped for several minutes.

“I didn’t know what happened,” Obekpa said. “Someone fouled him and I jumped to block the ball, so when I land he was already on the ground so I fell on him. I fell on my hand, too, I felt a little pain. That’s why I didn’t get up on time.

“But when I got up and he didn’t stand up, I was like, ‘Man, it’s serious.’”

A South Carolina spokesman said Williams had movement in his extremities, although he remained very still as his teammates and medical officials stood over him.

“You feel for the guy, obviously,” Harrison said. “We felt bad for the guy but we had to finish the game out. I hope he gets well.

“I talked to Coach Martin after, tell him to get well soon from No. 11, so hopefully he gets well soon so he can play again.”

Said Martin: “I don’t know a heck of a whole lot. He never lost feeling in his extremities and he had movement in all his extremities. Anytime you’re dealing with a neck situation, I guess that’s God sent.”

FREE THROWS

There is still no word from the NCAA on St. John’s forward Orlando Sanchez, who has yet to play this season while the NCAA investigates his eligibility….Two-sport star Bruce Ellington debuted and scored seven points in 29 minutes for South Carolina. He is also a wide receiver on the football team, and was the basketball team’s leading scorer last year.

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96 comments
dapoktan
dapoktan

Oy... and WHY are we just handing Winters the starting LG job from the go???? Man I knew he was bad.. but that is.... atrocious... 

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

I'm a sick individual. Right now I'm laying in bed for the first time with this beautiful girl I've been in love with since the 7th grade, yet I still pick up my phone off the floor to check TJB. #nevergiveup #tjb4life

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

If the Jets really wanted him, they would've gotten him signed yesterday.  Obviously, they aren't offering him enough money to make up his mind.  Izzy just wanted some media smoke screen to cover the fact he has no cornerbacks, no wide receivers, and the league's worst quarterback.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

I don't get the hysteria over CJ by some Jet fans. Sure he'd be a nice compliment but we were the 6th ranked rushing offense in the league behind Ivory and Powell. No dire need at RB as some of you project.

WW85
WW85

Do you guys think Idzik is adjusting to the increased cap properly or quickly enough? With the cap growing between 7-9% a year, it seems, I think we can ask if a GM is keeping up with the inflation?

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Jets better starting getting some weapons for the offense if they want to compete this season. Decker was a solid pick- up but defenses will be all over him without a serious threat on the other side. The way I see it, we still have a bottom offense with no fire power. 


As for the defense, I see another top run defense, but some big issues against the pass. That is why I wanted a more active FAcy. The draft even if solid, will not bear the fruits of its success until 2015. I wanted more balance between a good draft and and a good Facy, but now, have to rely on a very good draft. If that is the case I will take it, but we fans might struggle through another tough season.

Gavin Buck
Gavin Buck

@dapoktan  I think we will bring someone in to compete with him, either via the Draft or after it. 


While the guy was a liability quite often last year, it is understandable as he was moving from Tackle to Guard. With a year under his belt, I am hoping to see a marked improvement from liability to below average. 


I think it is also quite telling that he replaced Vlad after week 4 and was never considered to be replaced again, so with Vlad it might have been worse!!

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX   TJB til she wakes then back it, my friend.  Whether you put the phone done during is up to you.

a57se
a57se

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  

Throw that phone out the window............the Jets are not that important!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@johnnyl65  Do you realize we were #6 but also one of the top rushing attempts team in the league. You really think Ivory can defy the odds AGAIN and stay healthy? 

a57se
a57se

@WW85  

You can't ask ANY questions about the MIGHTY ID!!!!!

What is your MAJOR MALFUNCTION you NEGATIVE NELLIE YOU!!!!!

Pete Whalen
Pete Whalen

Fans do not understand how this works. Idzik knows what the cap is. There is no "adjusting". He assigns a value to players and positions. If a player is offered more money by another team then that player walks. Simple. T do business based on what a handful of other teams are willing to pay would be foolish.

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

The worst part is that there are far better prospects in this draft for OLB than Sam.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@Pete Whalen  Please stop being thoughtful & logical; you are ruining the Idzik is cheap, a moron, over-his-head narrative.

WW85
WW85

@Pete Whalen  Well the value he assigns to a player should include the rising cap & that is what I'm asking. If he's not accounting for an annual 8% cap rise, he's not doing a good job. If he has adjusted for that, then your point is valid. I'm guessing that he has adjusted for it(the guy was a math major at Darmouth), but it's a valid question to ask.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @WW85  No, that's wrong.  They gave Winters MORE responsibility over the last four games and he responded positively.  It was earlier in the year that they totally took stuff off his plate to make his life easier.


You think the chart looks bad now, you should have seen it at the end of November!

a57se
a57se

@WW85 @a57se 

Yes he did but he also explained a change in Winters role to go along with that "improvement".....basically they gave him the least amount of responsibility......

WW85
WW85

@a57se I thought Bent wrote a post about his improvement late in the season?  Maybe I'm mis remembering.

a57se
a57se

@Disgruntled Jets Fan

Yes, Vlad is.

The PFF report doesn't even account for Winters only playing 12 games last year.....if you project his numbers over 16 games it is even worse......

a57se
a57se

@jetlife @a57se 

Here is another one for you....italian Sausage and Italian Roast beef with peppers and onions and Mozz.......that will satisfy anyones' hunger!

jetlife
jetlife

@a57se @jetlife  I love Italian Sausage(Hot) with Peppers and Onions....but everything is better with cheese so I'll try it out.

a57se
a57se

@jetlife

Oh, you left out the best of them all.......Italian Sausage Parm!!!!!

jetlife
jetlife

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  While we're at it, Let's rank the "Parms":

1. Eggplant Parm(No discussion)

2. Chick Parm

3. Meatball Parm

4. Shrimp Parm

Pete Whalen
Pete Whalen

Thank you. It is nice when someone else affirms that my statements make sense.

Pete Whalen
Pete Whalen

@WW85. Please think about what you're saying. If any GM got a memo right now that said the cap is being increased by say 8%, how long do you think it would take them to multiply all the values they had for players and positions by 1.08 and come up with new values?

Pete Whalen
Pete Whalen

From the sample of comments on this blog I would say that I understand how business in general is conducted better than most here. At the same time I am sure that there are others who understand it better than me.

a57se
a57se

@Pete Whalen  

Fans do not understand how this works, does that NOT include you Mr. Whelan?

WW85
WW85

@Pete Whalen  It's only going up like this now due to the new agreement. This is relatively new for NFL GMs to deal with--these type of rapid increases & potentially rapid falls as well.

Pete Whalen
Pete Whalen

The cap always goes up. And since his "strength" is supposed to be the cap and contracts I have to believe that this process is something he is very familiar with since he has been in front offices for many years.