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Fresh off a record-breaking season which featured a road win over Connecticut and its first trip to the Sweet 16, St. John’s and first-year head coach Joe Tartamella will be tested early in the 2012-2013 season.
The Red Storm faces Texas in its season-opener on November 9 in the WBI Tip-Off in Daytona Beach. They’ll follow that with another WBI game against soon-to-be Big East foe UCF.
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St. John's Mike Dunlap and Moe Harkless talk about their 73-59 first-round loss in the Big East Tournament to Pittsburgh.
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It comes as no surprise that St. John's freshmen Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison were named to the Big East all-rookie team released Sunday morning. Forward Harkless averaged 15.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, which also was good enough to earn him honorable mention All-Big East recognition, the only rookie so honored. Harrison's 18.5 scoring average ranked third in the league.
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When he failed to qualify academically for St. John's in the fall, Amir Garrett easily could have called a half to his basketball career to focus on a baseball career that earned him a $1 million signing bonus after he was drafted in the first round as a left-handed pitcher. But Garrett has shown that playing basketball for the Red Storm matters to him, and his 18-point, nine-rebound effort was...Read more »
St. John's freshman Phil Greene admits he never expected the challenge would be as great as it has become for the Red Storm's beleagured six-man recruiting class. Of course, it started out as a nine-man class, but three dropped by the wayside and the only returning veteran, Malik Stith, also abandoned the cause.
The rate of attrition could be compared to a Marine boot camp, and the demanding...Read more »
Facing the prospect of losing 10 seniors from last season's NCAA Tournament team, everyone at St. John's from head coach Steve Lavin on down understood this season would be difficult because of the lack of experience. But few could have imagined how difficult the challenge would become when a highly ranked recruiting class of nine players shrank by three before the season began and went through...Read more »
You could say Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim just was being gracious in the wake of the No. 2 Orange's 95-70 victory over St. John's Saturday afternoon at Madison Sqaure Garden when he heaped praise on the performance of a team that relies on five freshman and a junior college transfer in a seven-man rotation. But appreciates a good coaching job when he sees one, and assistant Mike Dunlap has performed...Read more »
When Duke's second-half lead over St. John's reached 22 points Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it appeared the Red Storm's freshman-dominated team was in for an embarrassing showing on national TV. Maybe as bad as the 22-point loss at Kentucky earlier this season.
But Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison, who quickly are becoming an effective 1-2 punch, led a stirring comeback...Read more »
It's not surprising the top two freshmen scorers in Big East games are St. John's Moe Harkless (18.1 points) and D'Angelo Harrison (17.1). The Red Storm started all five scholarship freshmen in their 78-62 upset of West Virginia Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, and since juniors God'sgift Achiuwa and Malik Stith are the only others in the rotation, plenty of playing time to amass stats...Read more »
St. John's cast of young but talented recruits is going through the gantlet of the Big East schedule taking a pounding like the contestants on the ABC game show "Wipeout." They got bounced around again Saturday afternoon by a much bigger Villanova team that outrebounded them 52-36 on the way to a 79-76 overtime victory.
Despite that clear physical dominance by the Wildcats, Red Storm...Read more »