Joey De La Rosa Could Get Redshirt Year Back at St. John’s

Joey De La Rosa made his season debut for No. 20 St. John’s in Friday night’s 53-47 win over St. Mary’s.

The 6-foot-11 senior played 12 minutes and went scoreless but did notch one rebound and two blocks.

De La Rosa missed the first semester per NCAA rules after transferring from FIU.

He will have eligibility beyond this season, sources told SNY.tv. De La Rosa played the 2011-12 and 2012-13 and just 7 games in November 2013 at FIU. To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Gets Defensive to Beat St. Mary’s

NEW YORK (AP) – St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin searched his memory banks but could not come up with a comparison.

He had spent the opening 20 minutes watching his veteran-laden team play as if they were complete strangers. Following a halftime speech in which he implored his team to play better, Lavin saw why his Red Storm squad is nationally ranked.

It was, Lavin said, “a tale of two halves” after D’Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and No. 20 St. John’s overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to rally past Saint Mary’s, 53-47, on Friday night in front of 4,645 fans at Carnesecca Arena.

“Tonight was as dramatic of ‘a tale of two halves’ as I can recall in my coaching career,” said Lavin. “As a result, we were fortunate to pull away with a win.” To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Moves Up to No. 20 in AP Poll; Harrison, Jordan Honored; Seton Hall’s Whitehead Named Rookie of the Week Again

NCAA Basketball: St. John's at SyracuseSt. John’s (8-1) moved up to No. 20 in the latest AP Poll after going 2-0 last week, including Sunday’s rout of Fordham at Madison Square Garden.

Red Storm senior D’Angelo Harrison was named Big East Player of the Week for the second straight week and Seton Hall freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead earned Rookie of the week honors for the second straight week.

St. John’s sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan, who tied his career-high with 24 against Fordham, and Seton Hall junior Sterling Gibbs also made the Big East honor roll.

In other St. John’s new, 6-11 big man Joey De La Rosa may be eligible to play beginning Friday, sources told SNY.tv. The semester ends Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here

Amid Dismal Winter for Hoops, St. John’s is New York’s Best Story

NCAA Basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at St. JohnNEW YORK — Amid this dark and dismal winter that the Knicks, Nets, Giants and Jets have given us here in the Big Apple, there is one shining beacon of hope.

The St. John’s Red Storm.

In a year when the Knicks are headed toward the NBA Draft Lottery, the Nets are already offering up their best players for trade and the Jets and Giants became irrelevant by November, the Johnnies are holding out hope of making noise come March.

Keyed by a career-high-tying 24 points from Rysheed Jordan and 22 points from D’Angelo Harrison, the No. 24 Red Storm improved to 8-1 with a 74-53 blowout of Fordham on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

“I feel like we’re doing a good job of representing New York really well,” St. John’s senior guard Jamal Branch said. To read more of this story, click here

Sixers Rookie Sampson Has No Regrets About Leaving St. John’s

JaKarrBy JOSH NEWMAN

NEW YORK – If JaKarr Sampson had stayed at St. John’s, the Red Storm would be even more dangerous than they already are at 7-1 and ranked 24th in the nation.

The Philadelphia 76ers rookie knows this, but even after going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 6-foot-9, 214-pound small forward has no regrets about his decision to leave Queens with two years of eligibility left.

“I really don’t think about that because I just felt like it was my time to leave at that moment,” Sampson said before the Sixers took on the Nets on Friday night at Barclays Center. “I don’t regret it at all, I just felt like it was my time to leave. I’m proud of everything they’re doing right now, but I really don’t think about that.”

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Harrison Sparks St. John’s to First Win As a Top 25 Team

SJUBy ARTHUR WARNER-KAMSLER

NEW YORK  – Playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2011, No. 24 St. John’s avoided a letdown from Saturday’s win at Syracuse and beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 74-52, Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

D’Angelo Harrison led the way for the Red Storm (7-1) with 26 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

“We just looked at it as another game,” Harrison said. ”Just another opportunity to get better.” To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Ranked No. 24 in AP Poll, Harrison Named Big East Player of the Week, Seton Hall’s Whitehead Earns Rookie of Week Honors

NCAA Basketball: St. John's at SyracuseIt was a big week for St. John’s and Seton Hall, with St. John’s (6-1) moving into the AP Top 25 at No. 24 after beating Syracuse Saturday at the Carrier Dome for the first time since 1999. Unbeaten Seton Hall (7-0) also received 57 votes.

Syracuse, meantime, didn’t receive any Top 25 votes for the first time in seven years.

The stars of both St. John’s and Seton Hall also picked up Big East weekly honors Monday when Red Storm senior D’Angelo Harrison was named Player of the Week and Pirates freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead earned Rookie of the week honors. For more on Whitehead and his NBA chances, click here.

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Sr.

Harrison scored a game-high 24 points in a 69-57 win at Syracuse, the Red Storm’s first win in the Carrier Dome since 1999. In a 2-0 week that also included a 78-67 victory against Niagara, Harrison recorded 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. For the week, he averaged 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. For the season he is averaging 18.4 points, second in the BIG EAST, and 8.1 boards. To read more of this story, click here