Greg St. Jean rounds off St. John’s coaching staff


St. John’s made it official as they announced the hiring of Greg St. Jean as the third assistant coach of St. John’s Men’s Basketball team. St. Jean certainly brings a strong basketball intellect that will compliment assistant coaches Barry “Slice” Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih whose primary strengths are recruiting. has the official announcement.

“Greg is a star in the making,” said Mullin. “At such a young age, he has already put in a tremendous amount of time and energy into the profession of coaching. As a result, he has developed a unique combination of on-court skill development and conditioning experience, and infuses positive energy into everything he does. Greg wakes up each morning thinking about how he can make St. John’s better, make each individual better, and help our coaching staff.”

St. Jean spent the last two years working for the Sacramento Kings, most recently serving as the assistant player development coach during the 2014-2015 season. In this role, he helped manage the on-court training of Kings players, which included working with 2015 All-NBA Second Team selection and NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, through implementing video and skill development sessions. St. Jean also generated extensive personnel reports and statistical analysis that was instrumental in the scouting process.

St. John’s adds Mitch Richmond to staff


The speculation finally ends as Mitch Richmond was officially announced as a member of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball coaching staff. Richmond will serve as a special assistant coach which was the position previously held by Gene Keady under Steve Lavin.

Richmond’s Resume:

– Inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
– NBA All-Star (6 time)
– All-NBA (5 time)
– NBA Rookie of the Year
– NBA Champion

Mitch Lightfoot enjoys visit to St. John’s

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Mitch Lightfoot took an official visit to St. John’s this weekend. The 6’7 power forward from Gilbert, Arizona has already taken visits to Stanford, Utah, and Kansas. He plans to makes his decision later this month after he takes his last visit to Arizona.

Lightfoot really enjoyed his visit to St. John’s and took to twitter to share some of the key moments.

Shamorie Ponds commits to St. John’s

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NBPA Players Association Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia on June 18, 2015. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Shamorie Ponds scheduled a press conference today at Thomas Jefferson High School to announce his college decision. St. John’s fans had a nervous confidence that Ponds would stay home to play for the Red Storm.

However the St. John’s faithful felt like they’ve seen this story too many times before. From Sylvan Landesberg to Isaiah Briscoe it always seems like the best talent in the metropolitan area has decided to take their talent outside of New York.

Ponds began his press conference and within a New York minute he put on his Red Storm cap and posed for pictures celebrating with his family.

Ponds took to twitter to apologize to St. John’s fans for keeping them waiting.

Coach Chris Mullin made it very apparent that keeping New York City talent home was a priority and what better way to back that up then landing a top 50 guard out of Brooklyn. Who’s up next? Rawle Alkins?

Is St. John’s recruiting Thon Maker?

ARDSLEY, NY - May 23: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

With the team being fully reloaded in 2015, St. John’s is turning their attention to the 2016 recruiting class. With a commitment from Shamorie Ponds likely coming, St. John’s is starting to look big. How big? Seven footer big.

According to Adam Zagoria St. John’s assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rhorssen took a visit to Canada to see Thon Maker.

“New York is a major market and he feels if you get a Thon and a Rawle Alkins it would be special in turning around St. John’s.”

Maker, an athletic forward originally from the Sudan who opted to spend all of the 2015-16 season at Orangeville Prep, is projected as a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Maker said he’s definitely interested in St. John’s, but wants to learn more about the program

“He recruited me at Kentucky and he’s a pretty cool dude,” Maker said of Slice. “I don’t know much about St. John’s, to be honest. But I definitely know about New York City, that’s one of my favorite cities around the world.

“I’ve been to New York probably over 10 times already [for games].”

Asked if he could see himself playing there, he said, “Yeah, St. John’s I’m still learning about them, but of course.”

For more check out the report from our friends over at Zagsblog.