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The King of Queens is Back

The King of Queens is Back

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

May 29, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Torch Photo/Nick Bello After what felt like an eternity of waiting for St. John’s basketball fans, multiple sources reported Tuesday evening that star guard Shamorie Ponds will return to Queens for his junior year. As a sophomore in 2017–18, Ponds averaged 21 points and has scored over 1,000 points fo...

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...

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...

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 ...

St. John’s Falls to Xavier in Big East Tournament

St. John’s Falls to Xavier in Big East Tournament

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

March 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, March Madness, Men's Basketball, Sports

15 hours after knocking off Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament, St. John's returned to Madison Square Garden for a noon tip-off against No. 3 Xavier on Thursday. After a slow start that saw the Red Storm miss several shots early on, Justin Simon got the scoring started with a...

‘He is the Beginning’: How One Man Changed St. John’s at the Unlikeliest of Times

‘He is the Beginning’: How One Man Changed St. John’s at the Unlikeliest of Times

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

February 28, 2018


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

After the buzzer sounds and the clock runs out on his life on earth, Mel Davis hopes to reunite with his old friend. By then, he may have an answer to a question he has asked himself for years. “Why” is a word that crosses his mind nearly every day. Why was life so hard back then? He wishes...

St. John’s Falls to Seton Hall in OT

St. John’s Falls to Seton Hall in OT

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

A packed crowd at Madison Square Garden Saturday afternoon watched Shamorie Ponds glide through the lane with 50 seconds to go. As the sophomore guard from Brooklyn took his two step gather, the home bench rose as he did. A lefty layup from Ponds over Seton Hall Ismael Sanogo tied the game at 68....

Storm Watch: St. John’s has Turned its Season Around

Storm Watch: St. John’s has Turned its Season Around

Derrell Bouknight, Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


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

Chris Mullin has reiterated the same thing time and time again, never losing sight, or hope, of a win. Even when his team started Big East play winless in 11 games after a 10-2 start, the third-year head coach refused to lose faith and always believed there was a light at the end of the tunnel. ...

Men’s Basketball Stays Hot with Two Big East Wins

Men’s Basketball Stays Hot with Two Big East Wins

Brendan Myers, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

Head Coach Chris Mullin kept stressing to his team during their 11-game losing streak that all they needed was one game to go their way. That one game happened to be a win over then-No. 4 Duke, and the Red Storm kept rolling this past week, taking down top ranked Villanova on the road, 79-75, and th...

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