Posts Tagged ‘Red Storm’

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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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St. John’s and the coaching carousel

March 22, 2010

Billy Donovan would be a great fit in Queens

Watching the NCAA Tournament is tough for St. John’s fans, considering plenty of the teams boast talented New York players on their rosters.  While West Virginia was advancing to the Sweet 16 with five starters from the Metro-area, the administration in Queens was starting the hiring process for the next head coach.  Despite being a class-act on every level, Norm Roberts was a swing and miss for the Johnnies, and the next coach must be a home run if the school wants to regain their spot on the national stage.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Norm Roberts officially fired

March 19, 2010

Roberts had just an 81-101 record at St. John's

St. John’s Athletics Director Chris Monasch officially announced Friday that St. John’s has fired Norm Roberts as head coach of the Men’s basketball team. 

After reports broke last week that Norm would not be retained for a 7th season, the firing became questionable when Norm was seen coaching the team at practice leading up to their eventual NIT first-round loss to Memphis. 

Finally on Friday, Chris Monasch issued this statement with regards to the program and Norm Roberts firing:  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nice guys finish last

March 11, 2010

Norm Roberts is out at St. John's

For one week, St. John’s basketball had a chance to be the darling of the city, audition for their role in Cinderella, and ultimately save their season and regain some respectability.  After blowing out Connecticut Tuesday afternoon, the Redmen looked to continue the dream against Marquette, but missed crucial free throws and had too many costly turnovers, a microcosm of the 2009-2010 season and Norm Roberts tenure at St. John’s. 

Close, but not good enough. 

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St. John’s falls to Louisville

January 10, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – St. John’s thought that this would be the season that it would get back to contending with the Big East’s elite teams, and a strong start provided hope. But the Red Storm’s dreams seem on the brink of splintering, and maybe so is the team.

The Johnnies lost to Louisville, 75-68, Saturday, falling to 0-3 in conference play while losing for the fourth time in the last five games. And the losing is clearly taking its toll.

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St. John’s routs Bryant

December 23, 2009

D.J. Kennedy led the Storm with 18 points

St. John’s (10-2) closed out its non-conference schedule with an 80-44 blow out of the winless Bryant Bulldogs Wednesday night.  

Junior swingman D.J. Kennedy led the Johnnies with a game-high 18 points, which included a 5-for-8 effort from the field and a 3-for-6 performance from beyond the arc, to mark his 11th-consecutive game in double-figures to start the season. Juniors Dwight Hardy and Paris Horne each scored 16 points – a season-high for the latter – drilling four and five 3-pointers, respectively. Each of St. John’s 12 active players got into the scoring column, including walk-ons John Taubeneck (1-for-2 from the free throw line) and Kevin Clark (four points, 2-for-2 from the field, one rebound).

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St. John’s left seeing Red

December 22, 2009

Norm Roberts didnt get any help from the officials

St. John’s (9-2) has been the staple of the Holiday Festival dating back to its inception in the 1950’s, but could not overcome the hot 3-point shooting of Cornell in the Championship game.  

The Big Red was led by Jon Jaques’ 20 points and Jeff Foote added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. 

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