Men’s Basketball: Players to Watch

Daryll Hill
Senior Guard

Suffering a serious knee injury last year, Daryll Hill entered a strenuous off-season rehabilitation program in order to return at full strength for his senior year. A career starter, who is the active scoring leader and ranked 31st on the St John’s all-time list, Hill is focused and motivated entering his final year. The Queens native, who missed 11 games last year, including the last five, looks to return to the prime form that made him one of the best in the Big East as a sophomore.

Eugene Lawrence
Junior Guard

The captain of the Red Storm is a tough and resourceful playmaker, who also makes his teammates better. He dished for 132 assists last year. Driven, intense and tenacious on the court, “Geno” credits teammate and fellow guard Daryll Hill as his on-court inspiration, someone who makes him bring his A-game every single day. As the heart and soul of the team, he is still improving. With his own personal progression, he lifts the team to a new plateau from his position at the point.

Anthony Mason, Jr.
Sophomore Forward

The comparisons are inevitable and as Anthony Mason, Jr. improves his game, he is going to further evoke images of his father, the former New York Knicks enforcer. “Young Mase” is a slasher and a scorer, channeling his burgeoning aggression into points, rebounds, and tough defense. Producing on the road and at home, his premier performances last year were under those same bright lights where his father excelled at Madison Square Garden, as he averaged 9.4 ppg there.

Avery Patterson
Junior Guard

A tireless worker who is always looking to improve himself, Avery Patterson is an expert marksman, giving the Storm a consistent scoring threat from anywhere on the court. New to the team this season, he is a transfer from Iowa Western, where he set school records in all aspects of the game and averaged 20.3 ppg. Coach Roberts recognized that exemplary work ethic as the key to Patterson’s success, and recruited him to join the team this year, where he says he is proud to wear the red and white.