NEW YORK — During the final seconds of St. John’s 104-58 blowout of Fordham on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, a handful of Johnnies fans let loose a chant.
“We want ‘Cuse.”
Coming off their most complete and impressive victory of the season, the Johnnies (6-2) will host No. 4 Syracuse Dec. 15 at the Garden. The two former Big East foes will meet in a non-conference tilt in which there will surely be a lot of orange-clad fans visiting the renovated Garden.
“It’s always fun to play Syracuse,” Johnnies sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson said after going for 12 points and 4 rebounds. “It’s a packed house. It’s a lot of Syracuse fans in here even though it’s our homecourt. But It’s always fun to play Syracuse. It’s my first time playing Syracuse in the Garden, so it will be fun to see how that goes. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — It is the Year of the Freshmen in college basketball and New York’s two best frosh squared off in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden.
Fordham’s Jon Severe could’ve used the game to show St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm fans what they missed out on by not recruiting him.
St. John’s freshman Rysheed Jordan could’ve put on a show in his first college game at the Garden.
Instead, neither freshmen did those things in a game in which the Johnnies thrashed the Rams, 104-58, by shooting 79 percent in the first half (making 17 straight shots at one stretch) and 66 percent overall. To read more of this story, click here
St. John’s did not recruit Jon Severe out of Christ the King High School, but Royals coach Joe Arbitello says they should have.
“I think it was a mistake,” Arbitello told SNY.tv Friday morning, one day before Fordham and St. John’s will meet on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
“I think that any New York City team that didn’t recruit him probably made a big mistake.” To read more of this story, click here
Highly touted freshman guard Rysheed Jordan practiced with St. John’s on Monday and will play Tuesday night against Longwood. The news was previously reported Monday night by both SNY.tv and the Daily News.
The 6-foot-4 Jordan had been suspended for Friday’s game against Monmouth for a violation of team rules. He is averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 assists this season.
“Rysheed has a bright future at St. John’s. It is important that he takes care of his responsibilities as a student-athlete, on all fronts,” Johnnies coach Steve Lavin said in announcing that Jordan would play Tuesday.
Jordan’s fellow Philadelphia native, Providence freshman Brandon Austin — along with teammate Rodney Bullock — have been suspended since the beginning of the season for what the school called “not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes.”
St. John’s (3-1) earlier suspended sophomore forward Chris Obekpa for two preseason games. D’Angelo Harrison was suspended for the end of last season, but returned for his junior year.
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The Maui Invitational field for 2015 is set.
The loaded field joining Chaminade at the Lahaina Civic Center will include Indiana, Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. The Championship Round will be held Nov. 23, 24 and 25, 2015 on Maui.
This outstanding group includes four of the top-10 winningest programs in NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball history – Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA and Indiana. Led by UCLA’s NCAA-record 11 national championships, the seven Division I schools have won 19 national championships, made 47 trips to the Final Four and earned 204 bids to the NCAA Tournament.
The eight-team field has also had tremendous success recently. The group had 44 former players begin the 2013-14 season on NBA rosters. Both Kansas and Indiana were No. 1 seeds in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and all seven Division I teams have earned an NCAA Tournament bid since 2010. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Steve Lavin has coached in four Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight at UCLA, so he knows when a team has the potential to go deep into March.
He has long touted this year’s St. John’s team as having that potential.
This is clearly the best team of Lavin’s four-year tenure in Queens, a team loaded with future pros in Rysheed Jordan, JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa.
Yet there they were, teetering on the edge of an unsightly early-season loss and down nine points in the second half to Bucknell at home on Tuesday night. To read more of this story, click here
While Seton Hall and Rutgers are expected to sign a combined seven recruits during this early signing period, St. John’s won’t sign a single prospect.
Instead, Johnnies coach Steve Lavin is focusing on the Classes of 2015 and ’16.
“Because of our present roster depth the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes are the priority,” Lavin told SNY.tv Friday. “With that said we continue to evaluate and monitor prospects in all classes. If a natural fit were to present itself we’d be open to signing a prospect come spring but the 2015 and 2016 classes will be our greater focus.” To read more of this story, click here
St. John’s and Seton Hall both pulled out exhibition wins to open the 2013-14 season Saturday night, although the Johnnies’ win was a little too close for comfort.
Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison drained a 15-footer that gave the Red Storm an 81-80 lead over Division II San Francisco State with 17 seconds remaining and finished with a game-best 29 points as St. John’s came back from eight points down to win, 82-80, at Carnesecca Arena.
Harrison connected on 8-of-15 field goals, made 3-of-6 3-point attempts and fired at a 10-of-12 clip from the free throw line. Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year Rysheed Jordan scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including drilling his only shot from long-range. The lone freshman also contributed four rebounds, four steals and three assists. To read more of this story, click here
Isaiah Briscoe checked out St. John’s for Midnight Madness Friday night and had himself a good time.
“The coaching staff is real,” the 2015 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard told SNY.tv. “They don’t just tell you what you want to hear. And with them, everything isn’t about basketball.”
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has rarely recruited New Jersey players during his four years in Queens — with UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson a notable exception. To read more of this story, click here
St. John’s announced Friday the suspension of sophomore center Chris Obekpa for tonight’s Red Storm Tip-Off and SJU’s two exhibition contests vs. San Francisco State and Humboldt State in early November.
The two-game penalty and absence from tonight’s event is a result of a violation of St. John’s university policy.
“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St. John’s University,” said head men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin. “Chris understands this suspension can serve as a learning experience.” To read more of this story, click here