Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin is a junior journalism major at St. John's University in Queens, New York. He is also a Digital Media contributor to Hoop Group, the world's most comprehensive basketball company. He works mainly in video production, with additional scouting and feature contributions to HoopGroup.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DanielJMartin_

Moe Harkless Will Leave St. John’s, Declare for NBA Draft

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This post also appeared on NBCSports.com's CollegeBasketballTalk. After a period of speculation that followed St. John’s season-ending loss in the Big East tournament, freshman forward Moe Harkless has made it official: he will hire an agent and head to the NBA draft. The announcement came at a Monday afternoon press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as Harkless sat alongside his mother, Rosa, and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “It has been my lifelong dream to play in the NBA, and I am excited to have that opportunity to make the jump,” Harkless said in a press release. “I would like to thank Coach Lavin, our staff and my teammates for being there for me throughout the whole season.” Harkless was named … [Read more...]

Brewster Academy’s JaKarr Sampson Recommits to St. John’s

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JaKarr Sampson is headed back to Queens. After being ruled ineligible at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, Sampson returned to Brewster Academy for a prep year. Though he took time to look elsewhere, Brian Snow of Scout.com is reporting that Sampson will return to St. John’s in the fall of 2012. He was being courted by Baylor, Kansas, Providence, and others. Sampson is an ultra-athletic wing and the most important target for St. John’s in the Class of 2012. His commitment to return to Queens signals a turn for the better and fruits of labor for Steve Lavin’s inroads on the recruiting trail. In the fall of 2011, in the wake of Nurideen Lindsey leaving the program and the decommitment of Darrick Wood, Norvel Pelle, … [Read more...]

Moe Harkless Wins Big East Rookie of the Year

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NEW YORK-- After a while, it looked like a foregone conclusion, but it became official on Tuesday night: Moe Harkless is the Big East Rookie of the Year. Harkless received his award from Big East Commissioner John Marinatto on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, hours after the Red Storm’s season came to a close with a 73-59 loss to Pittsburgh. He stepped to the podium after receiving the award and, with the stoic reservedness we’ve come to expect from the Queens native, he thanked the committee for his selection and his teammates for support, then paused. “I really don’t know what else to say, man,” he said with a smile. The 6-8 freshman averaged 15 points and almost nine rebounds for the Red Storm this season, notching … [Read more...]

St. John’s Holds Off UCLA, Beats Bruins, 66-63

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This story could start with any number of ledes. There’s the Steve Lavin storyline, and the fact that he coached the Bruins for seven seasons before becoming a broadcaster in 2003. You could also go with the fact that UCLA has underachieved, having been chosen to win the Pac 12, but look on their way to a berth in the NIT. But on Saturday night, the strongest stoyline seemed to be that St. John’s simply came out and won. Against a UCLA team that will now most likely need to win the Pac 12 tournament to make the NCAAs, St. John’s held their ground in the second half and got the win, 66-63. Let’s take a look at some of the Red Storm’s ups and downs in their win on Saturday afternoon. Lasting Impressions D’Angelo Harrison … [Read more...]

Malik Stith Leaves Team, St. John’s Now With 6 Scholarship Players

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Junior guard Malik Stith will be leaving the St. John's team, but will continue his degree at St. John's, head coach Steve Lavin announced in a press release on Wednesday. “For personal reasons Malik has chosen to no longer participate as a member of our basketball team. Beginning next week he will no longer be an active student-athlete, but he will continue to add value to our basketball family while working toward completing his St. John’s degree,” said Lavin in the release. "We'll miss Malik's contributions on the court but we are pleased he will continue as a member of our basketball program in his new capacity with the Johnnies." “For personal reasons I have chosen to step aside as a member of the St. John’s basketball team,” … [Read more...]

Chicago Native Phil Greene Heads Home to Face DePaul

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Chicago native Phil Greene has assimilated nicely into the New York culture in his time at St. John’s, but he made one thing clear. “I’m not a fan of the thin pizza,” he said. “I like the deep dish. That gets you full in, like, three slices.” Culinary preferences aside, the freshman Greene and his Red Storm teammates head to Chicago on Wednesday night to take on DePaul (11-9, 2-6) at Allstate Arena. This will be Greene’s first basketball-related trip back to his hometown in his young career with St. John’s, and is expecting 60 friends and family to be in attendance. “Everyone is excited. They told me they have my back,” he said. “Of course I want to play well and get a win in front of the hometown crowd.” After a … [Read more...]

Moe Harkless 2.0 Unveiled, Big East on Watch

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Saturday afternoon’s 83-76 loss to Duke showed a different kind of Moe Harkless. Put it this way: As an analogy to a classroom, Moe Harkless came to St. John’s as an “A” student. He aced every test that was put in front of him, participated in class, was a model student. He was someone you could point to and say, “Him, right there. He is a great student.” But after his 30-point, 13-rebound performance at Cameron Indoor, Harkless is showing how he has grown from the “A” student into a player who can dominate in the future. The biggest knock on him during his time in Queens has been his lack of aggressiveness, at time, through the first 20 games of his career. Then what happened against Duke? On his first touch of the game, … [Read more...]

Free Throw Woes Sink St. John’s in Loss to Villanova

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After a 4-of-22 shooting stretch by St. John's to end the first half that gave Villanova a five-point lead at the break, D’Angelo Harrison’s three-pointer with 16:02 to play turned out to be the Red Storm’s biggest turning point, coming out of the gate in the second half. As the three went down in transition, Harrison flashed a move made famous by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, acting as if he were ripping his shirt open to reveal a Superman costume below. But despite a strong shooting performance from the floor in the final period, the free throw line proved to be the Red Storm’s Kryptonite on Saturday afternoon. St. John’s shot 14-of-25 from the line, including 3-of-7 in overtime, and fell to Villanova at Madison … [Read more...]

Nurideen Lindsey Transfers to Arkansas

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This post also appears on NBCSports.com's Beyond the Arc blog. After an abrupt announcement to leave St. John’s back in early December, Nurideen Lindsey has announced, via Twitter, that he will transfer to Arkansas and play for head coach Mike Anderson. “One [reason I chose St. John’s] was to be close to my mom, whose health has been up and down due to some past experiences,” said Lindsey of his original commitment to the Red Storm. “The second was to play for Coach [Steve] Lavin. In both instances it has not worked out how I envisioned.” Lavin, who continues to work back from prostate cancer surgery in the fall, has only coached in a handful of games for the Red Storm this season. Lindsey tells CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman … [Read more...]

Texas A&M Transfer Jamal Branch Chooses St. John’s

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Some time had passed since a big recruiting breakthrough came for the Red Storm, but welcome news came on Monday night. Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News first reported, and Branch later confirmed on Twitter, that the Class of 2011 guard would be headed to St. John's. Branch averaged just over four points, two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes per game as a freshman for Texas A&M this season under head coach Billy Kennedy. The 6-3 guard is an interesting case because he committed to play for the Aggies when Mark Turgeon was at the helm back in late 2007. Branch maintained his commitment to Texas A&M, even after Turgeon left for Maryland and Billy Kennedy took over the team. This time around, Maryland, because of … [Read more...]