Posts Tagged ‘Redmen’


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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Welcome back

January 7, 2010

St. John’s redshirt senior Anthony Mason Jr.’s highly-anticipated return to the court is expected to be made on Saturday as St. John’s takes on Louisville.  Mason Jr. has yet to see game action in his redshirt senior season, as his original return was delayed twice.  

Mason Jr. was cleared to practice on Monday, Dec. 27, by orthopedist Answorth Allen, M.D., team doctor to the Red Storm and the New York Knicks of the NBA, when a Cybex computer test on his leg that confirmed the hamstring muscle has returned to full strength. The St. John’s coaching staff determined that Mason Jr. is now game-ready based on his performance level at team practices and his level of fitness. 

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St. John’s, Mason Jr., hamstrung

December 16, 2009

Mason will make Red Storm lethal

Red Storm redshirt senior Anthony Mason Jr.’s highly-anticipated return to the court for the 2009-10 season will be slightly delayed even further, as head coach Norm Roberts announced on Wednesday that the swingman will miss the next three weeks while continuing to recover from a hamstring injury.

Mason Jr. was examined on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. An ultrasound scan revealed that the hamstring, which was injured in September and then re-aggravated on Oct. 16, is not yet fully healed.

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St. John’s cannot afford a let down.

December 1, 2009

So far, it's been all cheers and chest bumps for the Storm.


It’s funny how quickly things can change in sports. The Jets and Giants both got off to impressive starts, but are now struggling to stay alive in their respective playoff races. The Rangers started the season 7-1, but now have just 13 points in their last 19 games.  The Knicks, off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, were all set to sign Allen Iverson, just to nix the deal at the last-minute. 

Last week, I wrote an article about how the St. John’s Men’s Basketball program was a shell of its’ former self.  The heralded recruits weren’t coming in, the Garden was empty, and the NCAA tournament bids were non-existent. The Red Storm was off to a 3-0 start, but the competition was weak at best, and furthermore, the Johnnies were unimpressive in their victories. I began to wonder how much longer Norm Roberts would be coaching this team.  

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We run this town

November 28, 2009

St. John's flexed its' muscles in Philly sweep

The St. John’s Red Storm improved to 5-0 on the season with a 55-48 victory over Temple Saturday night, completing a sweep of the Philly Hoops Classic.  It is the first time St. John’s has started a season 5-0 since the 2002-2003 season.   In addition to the confidence this weekend gave the team, the Red Storm now have two impressive out-of-conference wins to keep in the bank come tournament selection time.  

The Johnnies were  led by D.J. Kennedy who poured in 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting.  Dwight Hardy was clutch once again, hitting two key three-pointers early in the second half, and finished with 11 points. 

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Philly Hoops Classic: St. John’s vs. Temple

November 28, 2009

D.J. Kennedy and the rest of the Johnnies look to be #1 in Philly

@ The Palestra: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


St. John’s Red Storm (4-0)


Temple Owls (4-1)

Game time: 8:30 pm

Line:  St. John’s (+6) 

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St. John’s storms the Saints in Philly

November 27, 2009

This win is sure to make Mark Jackson proud

St. John’s came into Friday night’s game at 3-0, but many doubted how good the team really was.  Well, they looked pretty good tonight. 

The Red Storm outscored the Siena Saints 46-32 in the second half en route to a 77-68 victory at the Palestra.  The Saints led for the majority of the game until a 19-4 run by the Red Storm midway through the second half.  This was a big win for the Johnnies, as Siena is viewed as a Sweet 16 sleeper team and was ranked 27th in the country pre-season by ESPN. 

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