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Chris Obekpa stays at St. John's

St. John's Chris Obekpa shoots over Creighton's Ethan

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St. John's once again has one of the top shot-blocking centers in the nation. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin announced on Friday afternoon that Chris Obekpa will be allowed to return for his junior season in 2014-15 after previously being granted a release to transfer.

"Chris approached me last week to communicate his change of heart and wishes to stay at St. John's," Lavin said in a statement....

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Adonis Delarosa chooses St. John's

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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After a postseason exodus of talent, it came as good news to St. John’s basketball when 6-11 Christ the King center Adonis Delarosa made a verbal commitment to the Red Storm on Wednesday. Delarosa so far is the lone member of coach Steve Lavin’s 2014 recruiting class.

In making his announcement, Delarosa cited the chance to stay close to home and to play in Madison Square Garden as reasons...

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Steve Lavin builds St. John’s NCAA resume

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin watches his

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

          If St. John’s had been able to squeeze past No. 9 Villanova Saturday at Wells Fargo Center, the Red Storm probably could have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. But even after their 57-54 loss, Steve Lavin expressed confidence in his team’s ability to build a resume strong enough to meet the criteria used by the Selection Committee.

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St. John's impresses Butler's Brandon Miller

St. John's JaKarr Sampson sets to shoot in

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With the departure of coach Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics this season, Butler has gone from a perennial NCAA tournament team to last place in the new Big East. Still, the Bulldogs at least have been a tough out all season, going 2-4 in overtime games.

But St. John’s scored a convincing 17-point win on Jan. 25 at fabled Hinkle Fieldhouse, and when it looked liked the Bulldogs (12-14,...

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Steve Lavin’s Johnnies bounce back

St. John's center Chris Obekpa shoots a free

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          It almost seemed like a gift when Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard announced the suspensions of starters Eugene Teague and Brian Oliver before Thursday night’s St. John’s game at the Prudential Center in Newark. The long climb out of the 0-5 hole the Red Storm dug at the start of Big East play had been draining, and they were due for a letdown...

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St. John's Obekpa suspended

Chris Obekpa goes hard to the rim in

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St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa was suspended for the Red Storm’s Tip-Off as well as the team’s two exhibition games against San Francisco State scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3, the University announced Friday. The 6-9 graduate of Our Savior New American was suspended for university policy.

“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St....

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