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Top Small Forwards in the 2014 NBA Draft

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle has held down the top spot in the updated Power Forward Rankings for the 2014 NBA Draft. Louisville sophomore made a return appearance in the overall Top 10, and has moved up to No. 2 at his position. The biggest storylines are Swiss big man Clint Capela jumping more than 10 spots, Florida senior Patric Young rising from No. 18 to No. 10, and Arkansas...
Via In The Neutral Zone
10 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John’s running out of players as Chris Obekpa transfers

Thus far, St John’s regular season was a smashing success compared to its offseason. Following a disappointing one-and-done NIT appearance, the deep and talented roster has fractured. Chris Obekpa, the shot-blocking sophomore dynamo, has received his release to transfer, which is a major blow to an already thin frontline. It comes just a few weeks after sophomore forward JaKarr...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft: Who’s In, Who’s Out

With the NCAA Tournament beginning to wind down, it’s time to take a look at the early entrants in the 2014 NBA Draft. Depending on their status or projected decision at the end of the season, prospects have been separated into five different categories: officially declared, on the way out, sitting on the fence, likely coming back, and officially returning to school. As players...
Via In The Neutral Zone
23 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John’s JaKarr Sampson Declares For NBA Draft

JaKarr Sampson is obviously chasing the money, because this decision makes no sense. St. John’s sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson has declared for the NBA Draft. St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson is going to the NBA. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 24, 2014  
Via Thacover2
26 days ago  |  Discuss

St. John’s JaKarr Sampson Declares For NBA Draft

JaKarr Sampson is obviously chasing the money, because this decision makes no sense. St. John’s sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson has declared for the NBA Draft. St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson is going to the NBA. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 24, 2014  
Via BlackSportsOnline
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Providence 79, St. John's 74

Josh Fortune scored a career-high 24 points as the Friars improved their at-large resume by holding off the Red Storm in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. LaDontae Henton collected 16 points and 11 rebounds for No. 4 seed Providence (21-11), which will face No. 8 seed Seton Hall in Friday's semifinals. Kadeem Batts contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnnies enter Big East tourney out to improve bubble status

Look, they could have made this a lot easier on themselves, OK? St. John’s has proven through most of the second half of this season that it could well be sitting on the breathe-easy side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, that it is certainly good enough to play with most of the 68 teams who will fill out the brackets. The Johnnies? All you had to do was see the way they came together...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s knows loss to Providence ends its dream

St. John’s faces a must-win game Thursday afternoon at the Garden, a game it likely has to win to reach the NCAA Tournament. But the Red Storm have been playing these games for six weeks since the end of January, when they began the Big East season 0-5. “That’s our advantage,” sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson said Tuesday, in advance of the Big East Tournament quarterfinal...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's 91, Marquette 90

Freshman Rysheed Jordan made the second of two free throws to snap a tie with 19.5 seconds left in the second overtime as the visiting Red Storm held on to edge the Golden Eagles. Jordan, JaKarr Sampson and D’Angelo Harrison each recorded 20 points as St. John’s (20-11, 10-8 Big East) survived despite blowing a six-point lead in the final 11 seconds of regulation. Jordan also...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier 65, St. John's 53

Freshman Jalen Reynolds notched his first double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds - both career highs - as the visiting Musketeers earned a Big East victory on the road. Reynolds finished 7-of-13 from the field and Matt Stainbrook had 13 points before fouling out with three minutes left for the Musketeers (19-9, 9-6 Big East). Semaj Christon scored 13 of his 15 points in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier downs St. John's 65-53

Jalen Reynolds scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Xavier over St. John's 65-53 on Tuesday night. Semaj Christon had 15, while Matt Stainbrook added 13, to give the Musketeers (19-9, 9-6) an important conference victory as they fight for an NCAA Tournament berth. It was a tight contest much of the way, but a 10-1 run over a 3:59 stretch midway through the second...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier downs St. John's 65-53

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jalen Reynolds scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Xavier over St. John's 65-53 on Tuesday night. Semaj Christon had 15, while Matt Stainbrook added 13, to give the Musketeers (19-9, 9-6) an important conference victory as they fight for an NCAA Tournament berth. It was a tight contest much of the way, but a 10-1 run over a 3:59 stretch midway...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 9 Villanova beats St. John's 57-54

Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 and No. 9 Villanova beat St. John's 57-54 on Saturday. It was the second straight win for Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East) since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton. D'Angelo Harrison had 15 points for St. John's (18-10, 8-7), Rysheed Jordan scored 13 and JaKarr Sampson had 12 points and 10 rebounds...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's hands Butler another loss, 77-52

JaKarr Sampson scored a career-high 23 points and St. John's pulled away from Butler in the second half for its sixth consecutive victory, 77-52, on Tuesday night. Sampson surpassed his previous career-best of 22 points with a short jumper with 4:40 remaining and then had the rest of the night off. Sampson also grabbed eight rebounds. Jamal Branch added 10 points for St. John...
Via AP on Fox
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Jordan scores 24, St. John's over Georgetown 82-60

Rysheed Jordan scored a career-high 24 to lead St. John's to an 82-60 win over Georgetown on Sunday night. D'Angelo Harrison had 24 for the Red Storm, and JaKarr Sampson added 12 to give St. John's their fifth straight win. The Red Storm (17-9, 7-6) scored the first 15 points of the game, led by Jordan, who notched the first seven. From there, they were able to maintain...
Via AP on Fox
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN: St. John's Meets No. 12/12 Creighton At MSG

Winners of five of their last six games, head coach Steve Lavin and the St. John's basketball team (14-9, 4-6 BIG EAST) clash with No. 12/12 Creighton only 12 days after the Red Storm nearly upset the Bluejays in Omaha. Lavin goes for his 200th career win and SJU looks to avenge the 63-60 decision dealt by the BIG EAST-leading Bluejays (Jan. 28) on Sunday at 7 p.m., this time...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's tops Providence 86-76

D'Angelo Harrison scored 22 points and JaKarr Sampson 21 as St. John's won for the fifth time in its last six tries at Providence on Tuesday, 86-76. The Red Storm (14-9, 4-6 Big East) placed four players in double figures. Rysheed Jordan netted 13 of his 18 points in the first half while Chris Obekpa contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Providence's Bryce Cotton...
Via AP on Fox
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

St John's tops Butler 69-52

JaKarr Sampson scored 20 points and St. John's defeated Butler 69-52 Saturday for its second straight Big East Conference win. The Red Storm (12-8, 2-5) followed Thursday's home win over Seton Hall with its first true road win of the season. St. John's previous two wins away from home both came at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Butler's first four home games in...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s hopes to keep rolling against Butler, Creighton

St. John’s finally broke the Big East ice Thursday night, managing to hold off Seton Hall 77-76 for its first conference victory after leading by 17 points with nine minutes remaining. Now the real tests begin, starting Saturday afternoon at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, where the Johnnies will be gunning for their first road win of the year against Butler, which has...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's hangs on to beat Seton Hall 77-76

JaKarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez and D'Angelo Harrison all scored 16 points and St. John's hung on for a 77-76 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night, its first Big East Conference win of the season. The Red Storm (11-8, 1-5) snapped their five-game losing streak Saturday against Dartmouth, but didn't secure their first conference victory until Sir'Dominic Pointer...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin starting to get heat for St. John’s struggles

“This is a year where we’re positioned to do something special.” — Steve Lavin, Sept. 28, 2013 Hype has turned into hot air. St. John’s NCAA Tournament hopes almost certainly hinge on a miraculous week at the Garden in March. The NIT isn’t even a given. St. John’s, with its one win over a major-conference opponent in nine tries and zero Big East victories in the watered...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John's snaps skid, defeats Dartmouth 69-55

Phil Greene IV scored 16 points, including a career-best four 3-pointers, to lead St. John's to a 69-55 win over Dartmouth on Saturday night. JaKarr Sampson added 13 for the Red Storm, who snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. The final regular season non-conference game for both squads was a close contest throughout the first half. St. John's took a 38-34 lead...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s still finding its chemistry, but Red Storm confident wins are on the horizon

It's all right there for them. All St. John's needs to do is start winning. The Red Storm is fourth-year coach Steve Lavin's most-talented team from top to bottom so it's no surprise that the season began with great expectations. "This is the year," Phil Greene said in October. And since then it would be hard to describe the Johnnies as having done anything...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin is having a rough conference season at St. John’s

Steve Lavin and St. John’s fell to Providence, 84-83, in double-overtime on Thursday night to drop its fifth-straight game and move to 0-5 in Big East play. Coach Lav’s fourth season in New York has been a struggle as the Red Storm have a 9-8 overall record. Last year Lavin recorded an 8-8 record in the Big East, and advanced to the second round of the NIT. His debut season in...
Via The Sports Bank
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu Dunked On Three St. John’s Defenders At The Same Time

This afternoon, the 8th-ranked Villanova Wildcats traveled to New York City to take on the St. John’s Red Storm at Madison Square Garden. St. John’s put up a noble fight, but the Wildcats were able to escape with the victory. They also bullied the Red Storm in the paint — on no play was that more evident than when Nova forward Daniel Ochefu backed down D’Angelo Harrison,...
Via College Spun
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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