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COURTSIDE: Let the Talent Speak for Itself

COURTSIDE: Let the Talent Speak for Itself

Brenden Myers, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Before Tip-Off on Oct. 12, the casual St. John’s basketball fan might not have known about L.J. Figueroa. The hype belonged to returning star Shamorie Ponds and incoming transfer Mustapha Heron. Things have changed. The soft-spoken Figueroa broke out in a loud way at Tip-Off, introducing himself with ...

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

Knocking down jump shots with a silky disposition, a left-handed assassin plays the lead role at Carnesecca Arena this winter. New York born and bred, he’s ingrained himself into a basketball culture that runs deep through the city’s soul. He’s one of St. John’s best, past or present. Oh, a...

Former St. John’s Star Has New Goals After Retirement

Former St. John’s Star Has New Goals After Retirement

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

June 20, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Marcus Hatten doesn’t plan to take it easy after announcing his retirement from professional basketball after almost 15 seasons earlier this month. Physically, he believes he was ready to play another three full seasons. He averaged more than nine points and over four assists this past season for...

Boubacar Diakite to Transfer from St. John’s

Boubacar Diakite to Transfer from St. John’s

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

May 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Without ever stepping foot on the court in a live game for the Red Storm, redshirt freshman Boubacar Diakite's St. John's basketball career is over. The 6-foot-8 wing from Mali is transferring from the program, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post.  He originally enrolled at St. John’s a year e...

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players Receive Awards

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Shamorie Ponds might not hear his name called on Draft Night, but he sure is padding that NBA résumé. He and fellow sophomore guard Justin Simon were recognized by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association with a pair of All-Met honors on Monday. Ponds earned a spot on the First Tea...

Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Roster Taking Shape

Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Roster Taking Shape

John Cavanagh, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

It’s been nothing short of a crazy offseason for St. John’s, and the storm might not be over yet for the Red Storm. At the conclusion of a season that saw the Johnnies have some highlights, but fail to meet expectations, thoughts of next season were filled with newfound optimism. A combination of recr...

The Gospel of NYC According to Mark

The Gospel of NYC According to Mark

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For Mark Jackson, the choice was simple. When Lou Carnesecca made him and his family a promise that he would leave the Queens school a better man, the decision was made. The man, now simply known as “Lou,” didn’t need to sell basketball in the city that never sleeps. The quality spoke f...

Yakwe Leaves St. John’s. Are Ponds and Owens Next?

Yakwe Leaves St. John’s. Are Ponds and Owens Next?

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

With college basketball having officially concluded Monday night with a 79-62 Villanova win over Michigan in the championship game, the a new season has begun, one headlined by uncertainty and questions surrounding the champion’s Big East rival. Coming off a 16-17 record and another campaign without postseaso...

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place...

Johnnies Advance to WNIT Quarterfinals

Johnnies Advance to WNIT Quarterfinals

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

March 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

With a win over Penn last Monday night, the St. John’s women's basketball team moved on in the Women's National Invitational Tournament. On Thursday, they hosted Duquesne in the third round of the tournament. Like the past few rounds of the WNIT, the Red Storm got off to a hot start early on. The...

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

It’s a late Saturday afternoon as Chris Mullin, head coach of the St. John’s basketball team, strolls into the media room at Madison Square Garden. His team has just lost in overtime to Big East rival Seton Hall in front of a packed crowd at the arena. What’s better than traveling to Mid...

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place in ...

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