D’Angelo Harrison Wins Haggerty Award

After a stellar season in which he led the Red Storm in scoring with 17.5 points per game, junior guard D’Angelo Harrison recently received some recognition off the court. The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association awarded him the 2014 Haggerty Award last week, naming him the New York City collegiate basketball player of the year.

With this honor, Harrison becomes the 25th St. John’s student-athlete to win the Haggerty Award, but the first since Marcus Hatten in 2002. The 25 Red Storm players to win the award are the most in the award’s history, more than doubling the nine players who have won it from No. 2 Seton Hall.

“Even though St. John’s players have received this award the most throughout history, a St. John’s player hasn’t been honored with this award since 2002,” said Harrison. “I am grateful to be able to bring this back to our campus and represent so many who have come before me.”

A 2014 All-Big East First Team selection, Harrison’s 17.5 points per game and 86.1 percent free throw percentage were both fourth best in the conference. During the season he also became the St. John’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 198, and is now 10th in the school’s history with 1,601 points.

Also receiving honors was sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson, who was named All-Met second team. Sampson announced in March that he would forego his final two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Harrison, though, plans on returning to St. John’s as a senior next year, as the Red Storm look to build on their 20-win 2013-14 season.