ST. JOHN'S RED STORM NEWS

St. John’s Shamorie Ponds, Marcus LoVett win All-Met honors

Local awards for the emergent frosh duo from St. John’s The Metropolitan basketball Writers Association has published their all-region awards, honoring the best of the New York City area (which extends northeast to Fairfield, CT and west into New Jersey, and St. John's has two players who earned honors. Freshman Shamorie Ponds, who averaged 17 points per game and set the freshman...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 24, 2017

St. John’s pursues 2018 hoops targets at AAU events this weekend

The recruiting season begins in earnest, in search of the next generation of Red Storm stars For St. John’s, the recruiting of local talent has been a constant; but the classes of 2018 and 2019 have long been the focus for Chris Mullin, Matt Abdelmassih and the staff. The better programs land their main targets before the fall signing season, allowing them to recruit strategically...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 21, 2017

Recruiting: St. John’s offers 2017 forward Kenny Wooten

The Johnnies are looking west for a recruit as they search for a big man in the late signing period. On the first day of the signing period, our hoops team gave to we...* No commitments - it’s not yet Hoops Christmas in this late signing period - but the Red Storm have jumped into the competition to land the services of Kenny Wooten, a three- or four-star forward who decommitted...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 12, 2017

Schedule: St. John’s on a Western swing next season

The Red Storm will face one team in Arizona & an Arizona team in Los Angeles. Per Jon Rothstein, we have some very interesting schedule updates - which look like the Red Storm are giving themselves a very difficult set of challenges for next season - by playing a pair of games out west against emerging Grand Canyon University in Arizona and then facing Arizona in Los Angeles...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 06, 2017

Richard Freudenberg to leave St. John’s, returns to Europe

The wing of the future returns to Germany Richard Freudenberg, the 6’9” wing from Germany, is leaving St. John’s after a season to pursue professional opportunities in Europe. “I am grateful to my teammates and coaches at St. John’s for making this experience a good one,” said Freudenberg in a press release. “It has always been a goal of mine to play basketball professionally...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 06, 2017

Recruiting: St. John’s offers 2017 forward Alex Yetna

Who is Alexis Yetna... and can he provide some help in the paint for St. John’s? According to Corey Evans of HoopSeen, St. John's has offered 2017 power forward Alexis Yetna, a 6'7" forward originally from France but currently playing for the Putnam Science Academy team. St. John’s is known to have a need for big men, and it is believed that Chris Mullin and the staff is contacting...
Via Rumble in the Garden
April 04, 2017

St. John’s recruiting targets part 2: immediately eligible players

A look at promising big men eligible next season that could attract St. John’s interest. The offseason will definitely be an active one for Chris Mullin and his staff. Changes have started to come for the St. John’s basketball team. Things we know: St. John’s is a team with an obvious flaw (in need of a strong big man). Things we know: St. John’s has two more scholarships...
Via Rumble in the Garden
March 30, 2017

Marcus LoVett, the return?

Will Marcus LoVett return to St. John’s for his sophomore season? Signs point to... We’ve taken a few days to relax, recuperate, all while some under-the-radar drama went down (head recruiter Matt Abdelmassih declined an invitation to join new LSU coach Will Wade down in Baton Rouge). Other changes could be coming, though - with Marcus LoVett’s decision about the future looming...
Via Rumble in the Garden
March 30, 2017

Malik Ellison and Darien Williams transferring from St. John’s

The Red Storm lose two upcoming players. As released by St. John’s on Wednesday, both Malik Ellison and Darien Williams announced their intentions to transfer out of Queens. Williams was a graduating senior. This allows him to pursue graduate transfer opportunities for next year. On the other hand, Ellison has only played two seasons at St. John’s. Ellison will have to sit out...
Via Rumble in the Garden
March 29, 2017

Sizzling St. John’s baseball off to best start since 1981

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Blankmeyer expected his St. John’s baseball team to have a solid start this season. But not even the veteran coach could have predicted the Red Storm to roll like this. They’re 19-2, the program’s best opening to a season since the 1981 squad that featured future major leaguers Frank Viola and John Franco won 26 of its first 27 games. Baseball America has...
Via MyNorthwest.com
March 29, 2017

The blueprint for St. John’s to be an NCAA tourney team next year

This was the easy, manageable step. There was nowhere to go but up after Chris Mullin’s first season, and St. John’s did show progress. The Red Storm went from eights wins to 14, from one Big East victory to seven, winning a conference tournament game for the first time since 2011. But the next step...
Via New York Post
March 11, 2017

Marcus LoVett reportedly weighing decision to go pro

The talented guard considering long-term future. So, there’s been an elephant in the room for those who keep their eyes glued to the internet sites for rumors - the idea that standout freshman point guard Marcus LoVett, a unanimous member of the Big East’s all-freshman team, might leave the program. You may read that sentence with surprise, but yes, this is a possibility. From...
Via Rumble in the Garden
March 10, 2017

St. John’s super freshman Marcus LoVett might go pro

Marcus LoVett Jr.’s future at St. John’s is uncertain. The freshman point guard, a key to the Red Storm’s progress this season, could turn pro. When asked after Thursday’s season-ending 108-67 loss to Villanova in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals if he will return to St. John’s, the 21-year-old LoVett told The Post, “I don’t...
Via New York Post
March 09, 2017

What’s next for St. John’s after turnaround season

The season’s goal was to make progress, for Chris Mullin to show he has St. John’s pointed in the right direction. And for all the good vibes Red Storm fans can point to — winning six more games than it did a year ago, improving from one league victory to seven, and advancing in the...
Via New York Post
March 09, 2017

St. John’s Final: Villanova passes by Red Storm 108-67

St. John’s falters in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinal. From the opening tip-off, Villanova controlled this contest. They would cruise by St. John’s 108-67. Villanova now advances to the Big East Tournament Semifinal. The winner of Seton Hall-Marquette awaits the Wildcats. St. John’s looked tired to start this contest. Defensively they allowed Villanova to work the ball...
Via Rumble in the Garden
March 09, 2017

WATCH: Highlights: St. John's 74, Georgetown 73

With a long and storied BIG EAST rivalry dating back nearly four decades, St. John's and Georgetown penned the latest chapter of their saga in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, as the No. 8 Red Storm prevailed in a 74-73 victory to open the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament.
Via St. John's Red Storm Athletics
March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Highlights: St. John's 74, Georgetown 73

With a long and storied BIG EAST rivalry dating back nearly four decades, St. John's and Georgetown penned the latest chapter of their saga in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, as the No. 8 Red Storm prevailed in a 74-73 victory to open the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament.
Via St. John's Red Storm Athletics
March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

St. John's snaps long Big East Tournament drought.

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 17 points and St. John's snapped a six-year losing streak in the Big East Tournament with a 74-73 victory over Georgetown in the opening round Wednesday night. The Red Storm (14-18) led for most of the second half but they didn't have the win in hand until Georgetown's L.J. Peak and Marcus Derrickson both missed shots in close and the buzzer...
Via AP on Fox
March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Georgetown, St. John’s get into fight

Things got heated during the Big East tournament game between Georgetown and St. John’s on Wednesday night.The two sides got into a fight in the second half after the Hoyas' LJ Peak went up for a layup and didn’t like the way he was fouled by St. John’s Amar Alibegovic. The two had a little scuffle under the basket, which blew up.Georgetown’s John Thompson III and St. John’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

Why Shamorie Ponds can blame teammate for Big East snub

The most prolific scoring freshman season in St. John’s history didn’t impress Big East coaches enough. Shamorie Ponds’ name is in the St. John’s record brooks as the highest-scoring freshman — he surpassed D’Angelo Harrison’s 2011-12 mark and finished the regular season with 547 points — but the Brooklynite had to settle for All-Big East...
Via New York Post
March 08, 2017

St. John’s sleepwalks through finale as Big East tourney awaits

On paper, the game didn’t mean anything for St. John’s, and the Red Storm played like it. Their Big East Tournament seed (eighth) was already set, and while a victory over Providence would have given Chris Mullin’s team an eighth conference victory after winning just one all of last season, that didn’t appear to be nearly enough...
Via New York Post
March 04, 2017

St. John’s Final: Red Storm fend off Hoyas 86-80

St. John’s secured their third straight victory at Madison Square Garden. St. John’s moved to 7-9 in Big East play, topping off the reeling Hoyas, 86-80. Coming out in the first half, Georgetown looked sluggish. Despite a slim 13-10 lead early on, the Hoyas offense simply was not clicking. St. John’s wasn’t fully taking advantage of Georgetown’s struggles until Federico...
Via Rumble in the Garden
February 25, 2017

Pons scores 500th point, St. John's tops Georgetown 86-80

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to become the third freshman in St. John's history to score 500 points in a season, and the Red Storm rallied to beat Georgetown 86-80 on Saturday to end a two-game skid. Bashir Ahmed and Frederico Mussini scored 16 apiece for St. John's (13-16, 7-9 Big East), which was outrebounded 36-29 but scored 25 points off...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2017  |  Discuss

Chris Mullin’s blunt take: St. John’s too soft on defense

Chris Mullin’s honest and harsh assessment spoke volumes, louder than the ugly numbers. “Just lack of physicality, giving people space and not taking on one-on-one-challenges,” the St. John’s coach said. Mullin’s words were in response to his team’s performance at the defensive end during the Red Storm’s two-game losing streak, lopsided losses at No. 22...
Via New York Post
February 24, 2017

Takeaway: St. John’s bad night against Butler

The worst defensive performance in...? How much does the method matter? That question has to be on the mind of at least some St. John’s supporters after the Red Storm gave up 110 points to Butler on Wednesday. It could be important to note that Butler starters were on the floor late in the game, when it was out of reach (it seemed out of reach from the third possession of the game...
Via Rumble in the Garden
February 17, 2017
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