Archive for the ‘St. John's Basketball’ Category

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Freshmen Filled Future: A Look Ahead

March 24, 2011

Steve Lavin is "pumped" for his 2011-2012 recruiting class

 

An overall successful season for the St. John’s Redmen Red Storm left a bad taste in the mouth of the fan base as the team fell victim to the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of The NCAA Tournament.   It was the first time since 2002 that St. John’s had earned the right to compete for a national championship, a notion that seemed like a fantasy about three months ago.  Nevertheless, the quality wins kept mounting, and the nation’s top teams kept falling, and The Johnnies captured the hearts of many en route to an NCAA Tournament bid.  Despite many frustrating moments, fans like myself will never forget the 10 graduating seniors, as they returned St. John’s to the forefront of college basketball. 

But as the saying goes, all “good” things must come to an end.  It’s now time to turn the page and welcome the number two ranked recruiting class in the country, as Steve Lavin has branched out to all coasts to secure the top talent available. 

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“I’d like to thank my psychiatrist”

June 21, 2010

Ron Artest has always been an Ill Will favorite since his days at St. John’s.  After a big game 7 from Ron Ron, he stepped into the booth to record his single, “Champion” which is sure to be a Billboard hit. 

Without further ado, here is the latest musical release from Ron Artest: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cali Connections

May 6, 2010

 

Dwayne Polee will wear the Red and White this year

Steve Lavin secured his first recruit for St. John’s on Thursday, as 6 foot 7 wing-man Dwayne Polee will join the Red Storm for the 2010-2011 season.  Polee comes out of Westchester High in LA and has been described as “the best dunker in high school basketball.”  In addition to his high-light reels, Polee also averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds in leading Westchester to the state Championship.  He was named the City Player of the year by the Los Angeles Times.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Build it, and the recruits will come

April 15, 2010

Steve Lavin has used his reputation to assemble a strong assistant staff

In the college basketball world, the head coaching profession is a year-round job.  There is no off-season, with no time for vacation, as recruiting prevents many from even sleeping at night.  In the brief time that Steve Lavin has been at the helm of St. John’s basketball, he has already flown to California to re-kindle his LA connects, as well as venturing overseas to take a look at the top European talent.  His most important task, however, has been attempting to assemble a strong assistant staff, which is key for any college basketball team.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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St. John’s needs the Knicks

March 31, 2010

 

The Knicks and St. John's have been in basketball purgatory

St. John’s took the right step with Steve Lavin in the attempt to rise up to respectability again in the Big Apple.  Lavin is a well-known name, with a contagious personality who can recruit his ass off.  Norm Roberts certainly did a great job restoring class to the Red Storm basketball program, but it will be up to Lavin to bring in the big-time players and make St. John’s basketball a national program again.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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I’m Lavin it!

March 30, 2010

The new face of St. John's basketball?

St. John’s fans wanted a new “homerun” coach in a New York minute. Fans also wanted St. John’s to be relevant again.  It looks like the Redmen faithful might get their wish.      

Former UCLA coach and  former ESPN analyst Steve Lavin is close to agreeing to become the next coach of the St. John’s Red Storm.  The 45 year-old emerged as the leading candidate after Paul Hewitt would not relocate and it was reported Al Skinner would not alter his assistant coaches.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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It’s time for Mark Jackson

March 26, 2010

The best candidate remaining

St. John’s is crossing names off like a grocery list, and in my opinion there should be only one item remaining for their head coach.  Mark Jackson has zero college coaching experience but for 18 years was a coach on the court in the NBA and the floor leader of the 1985 St. John’s final four team.  Mark Jackson is a legend in the Redmen community and would bring instant credibility to the locker room. Read the rest of this entry ?