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Highly touted recruit spurns the NCAA for Europe

It's been a roller-coaster of an offseason for St. John's, with new head coach Chris Mullin signing a bevy or recruits but losing the likes of Chris Obekpa and Rysheed Jordan. Georgios Papagiannis represented a chance for Mullin to replace Obekpa. However, the 7-1 center from Greece has decided not to play college basketball and pursue playing professionally in Europe next season...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota cuts bait on St. John's center Chris Obekpa

Gophers men's basketball is no longer interested in St. John's transfer Chris Obekpa after the center visited campus over the weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Red Storm's all-time leading shot blocker is transferring because of an issue with new coach Chris Mullin's stricter rules.Perhaps he didn't vibe with Richard Pitino, either. Obekpa has...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa visits Minnesota, considering others

St. John's big man Chris Obekpa is visited Minnesota this weekend and is considering several other schools as well.The 6-foot-9 Obekpa is also considering N.C. State, Oregon, Arizona State and Alabama, sources told SNY.tv. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season, per NCAA transfer rules.Obekpa was the leading shot blocker in the Big East last season, and will be a defensive presence...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to visit Minnesota this weekend

Former St. John’s Red Storm center Chris Obekpa will visit the University of Minnesota this weekend. Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported the story. Minnesota is one of four schools that Obekpa is considering, the others being N.C. State, Alabama and Arizona State, per Adam Zagoria of SNY. It’s an unfortunate circumstance for Obekpa, as he was declared ineligible...
Via Campus Sports Net
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Obekpa expected to visit Minnesota

Chris Obekpa had a roller-coaster of a career with St. John's. It started rocky, but at his peak, he was one of the best defensive players in the Big East. After a drug related suspension and a coaching change, however, Obekpa decided to call it quits with the Red Storm. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose to transfer.Insert Minnesota.Gophers basketball coach Richard...
Via Fox Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Italian guard Federico Mussini commits to St. John’s

Italian point guard Federico Mussini has committed to St. John’s University and will suit up for the team next season. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the story. BREAKING: Italian guard Federico Mussini has committed to St. John's, source told @CBSSports. Part of 2015 class. #sjubb — Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 29, 2015 This is a huge get for the Red Storm, as...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

'Depressed' Chris Obekpa transfers out of St. John's

Chris Obekpa is following in Rysheed Jordan's footsteps: He's transferring from St. John's after vowing to return. But for what reason? The New York Daily News took a look:"A source familiar with the situation said that Obekpa was struggling with the transition from former head coach Steve Lavin to new head coach Chris Mullin."The source however said Obekpa, who is in good academic...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to transfer from St. John’s

St. John’s Red Storm leading shot blocker Chris Obekpa will leave the program and transfer. The university made the announcement. Obekpa averaged 4.5 points, six rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in three years with St. John’s. He had nothing but good things to say about his time with the program. “It was a great three years of growing here at St. John’s. I am forever grateful...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Big East leader in blocked shots transferring from St. John's

NEW YORK -- Chris Obekpa, who led the Big East in blocked shots the past three seasons, has decided to leave St. John's and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA schools. The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, a rising senior, had said he was going to transfer after his sophomore season but changed his mind and he played last season for former coach Steve Lavin...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Obekpa to transfer from St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Obekpa, who led the Big East in blocked shots the past three seasons, has decided to leave St. John's and has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA schools. The 6-foot-9 Obekpa, a rising senior, had said he was going to transfer after his sophomore season but changed his mind and he played last season for former coach Steve...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Mullin completes 1st month as coach at St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Mullin was headed to lunch, walking along the main street that borders the St. John's campus. ''I'm walking over here and my wife called and said, `What are you doing?' I said, `I'm walking down Union Turnpike going to lunch.' It's kind of strange really,'' Mullin said laughing Wednesday of his 30-year flashback to when he was the basketball star of stars at...
Via AP on Fox
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mullin mastery: Obekpa, Jordan to return

Chris Mullin has had no time to settle in to his new head coaching job at St. John's. Do you know who that doesn't seem to be bothering?That's right, Chris Mullin.The Johnnies' legend has not only blitzed the recruiting trail, he has even managed to convince Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa, two players with NBA that lie ahead, to stay at a program with a rookie coach.(h/t New York Post)
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

SJU’s Rysheed Jordan will stay in school

The start to Chris Mullin’s head coaching tenure at St. John’s could not have gone better, after late last night Rysheed Jordan announced that he will return to the Red Storm for his junior season.  Earlier this month, center Chris Obekpa confirmed that he would also remain with the program and Jordan makes two key parts of the NCAA Tournament qualifying St. John’s squad...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John’s Chris Obekpa to Return Next Season

Per Zach Braziller of the New York Post, St. John’s Red Storm center Chris Obekpa will return to the team for his senior season. Obekpa, who stands 6-foot-10 and weighs 240 pounds, was averaging 5.8 points and seven rebounds per game while also leading the Big East in blocked shots before being suspended following a positive test for marijuana. As a result, he missed the Red...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin, St. John’s ‘mutually agree’ to part ways: Report

Steve Lavin will no longer be the men's basketball coach at St. John's, the school announced Friday, after the two sides mutually parted ways. The news comes days after reports said Lavin was in talks over a contract extension and one week after the Red Storm were bounced from the NCAA tournament in the first round. Those extension talks didn't last long, as reports later...
Via The Other Paper
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John's, coach Steve Lavin agree to part ways

St. John's University has "mutually agreed to part ways" with men's basketball coach Steve Lavin, the university announced on Friday. The school's athletic director, Chris Monasch, released a statement announcing the decision. "Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," Monasch said in a statement. "We appreciate...
Via Fox Sports
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Obekpa’s Absence Proved too Immense to Overcome for St. John’s Red Storm

Chris Obekpa #12 of the St. John’s Red Storm jumps up to block a shot against the Villanova Wildcats during the game at Madison Square Garden on January 6, 2015 in New York City. (Mandatory Credit: Nate Shron/Getty Images) Steve Lavin’s St John’s Red Storm saw their season end Friday at the hands of San Diego State in a 76-64 defeat. The game was a frustrating defeat for the...
Via The Sports Journal
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Remembering St. John’s Season

St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison (11) sits on the floor after being called for a foul against San Diego State during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 64 in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Steve Lavin’s St John’s Red Storm saw their season end Friday at the hands of San Diego State in a 76-64 defeat...
Via The Sports Journal
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Open Thread for Sunday NCAA Tournament

That NC State team showed up last night. The one loaded with talent. Swift, long guards who can shoot from the perimeter and keep the other team’s guards from getting open looks. A burly frontcourt that can dominate on both ends. Most importantly, their collective head stayed in the game the entire way. You watch them on a night like that and wonder how they are not a top-ten team...
Via Pitt Blather
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Persistent St. John's Unable To Overcome San Diego State In Second Round Of 2015 NCAA Tournament

Sir'Dominic Pointer added 10 rebounds to his 21 points on Friday. (Gerald Herbert/AP)By Brian Wilmer@sportsmattersCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- St. John’s came into the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament shorthanded, but confident.  Starting center Chris Obekpa was suspended for two weeks on Sunday for a violation of team rules, according to coach Steve Lavin.  Obekpa is a top-five...
Via College Hoops Digest
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

An offensive Aztecs team spells danger

Send to Kindle Friday night’s late game in Charlotte was considered  a test of wills between a defensive-oriented San Diego State team and a St. John’s squad that gets the ball up and down the floor at break neck speed. The obvious didn’t happen. San Diego State had the offense in their 76-64 victory over the Red Storm at Time Warner Cable Arena.  The Aztecs, who came into...
Via College Chalktalk
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Teams That Received a Favorable NCAA Tournament Path

The NCAA tournament brackets have been released. Have a look. It’s time to assess The Road To The Final Four in various ways. One way is to evaluate which teams received favorable or harsh bracket paths. Keep this in mind: The following list is not limited to the teams that have a really good shot at the Final Four. This list includes such teams, but it also applies to teams that...
Via Bloguin Best
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Teams That Received a Favorable NCAA Tournament Path

The NCAA tournament brackets have been released. Have a look. It’s time to assess The Road To The Final Four in various ways. One way is to evaluate which teams received favorable or harsh bracket paths. Keep this in mind: The following list is not limited to the teams that have a really good shot at the Final Four. This list includes such teams, but it also applies to teams that...
Via The Student Section
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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