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_

St. John’s Steals Win on Road Against Cincinnati on Harkless Putback

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This is what St. John’s and its fanbase needed. With Steve Lavin still gathering energy to return to the sideline and the ups and downs of the recruiting game taking their course, victories like this help to retain the energy upon which St. John’s rode into the 2011-12 season. Behind 18 points from freshman D’Angelo Harrison and another double-double, including a game-winning putback as time expired, from freshman Moe Harkless, St. John’s took down the Cincinnati Bearcats, 57-55, on Saturday afternoon, at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati. At points, it wasn’t pretty (consider 22 offensive rebounds for the Bearcats and 19 Red Storm turnovers), but St. John’s did enough on the road to get the win and improve to 8-7 on the year and … [Read more...]

Bridgton Academy’s Darrick Wood Decommits from St. John’s

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St. John's commit Darrick Wood (Bridgton, '12) has reopened his recruitment, according to Jeremy Bauman of Five Star Basketball. "It was based off me wanting to make the right decision for my future, me being patient with the whole recruiting process and just putting myself in the best situation," Wood told Five Star. "My AAU coaches and parents just told me to take it slow and make the right decision for me. Last time, I jumped into it because I thought the situation was right for me." Wood becomes the next in line, following JaKarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle, and Ricardo Gathers, to choose to keep their options open, after initially choosing the Red Storm. Amir Garrett, who joined St. John's in December, played alongside Wood for a … [Read more...]

Former St. John’s guard Quincy Roberts Makes Home at Grambling State

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The old adage goes back to the 19th century. Modified a bit to fit the circumstances of former St. John's guard Quincy Roberts, it seems to hold true: “Go south, young man.” After two and a half years and forty-one total games in a St. John’s uniform, Roberts filed his papers in December of 2010 and decided to transfer, settling in Louisiana at Grambling State. “I still don’t understand it, but everything is a process,” Roberts said of his split with St. John’s and decision to head to Grambling. “Me and Steve Lavin still have a good relationship, but [the coaching staff at Grambling] made me feel comfortable, and you have to be comfortable to play.” Roberts’ story of why he chose St. John’s was not atypical. As a standout at … [Read more...]

Amir Garrett Debuts, St. John’s Outlasts Texas-Pan American

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Amir Garrett’s first field goal as a member of the Red Storm came, fittingly, on a dunk. On a drive with just over eight minutes left, God’sgift Achiuwa drove to the basket and dished it off to the high-flying, 6-6 freshman, who then threw it down, giving him the second and third points of his St. John’s debut, a 66-61 win over Texas-Pan American on Wednesday night. St. John’s trailed by as many as 12 in the second half, but was sparked by 12 straight points in a six minute span by freshman guard D’Angelo Harrison to get within striking distance, and eventually move ahead, avoiding an upset loss. JohnnyJungle.com takes a look at some lasting impressions from the Red Storm’s 66-61 win on Wednesday night. You Can See the … [Read more...]

Without Nurideen Lindsey, St. John’s Moves on to Face Fordham

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As out-of-the-blue as the news seemed to everyone else, Nurideen Lindsey’s departure was equally as unexpected to his teammates. “It was a total surprise to us,” said junior forward God’sgift Achiuwa. “We never expected one of our teammates to leaving, knowing the condition we’re in now.” And “the condition” went from short-handed to almost historically short-handed, with only six scholarship players remaining in the regular rotation. Against Fordham on Saturday, it is likely that walk-on-turned-scholarship-player Jamal White could see his first primetime minutes of the year. But help is on the way. Amir Garrett is reportedly in New York and his academic packet has been submitted to the NCAA Clearinghouse for review. He will … [Read more...]

Report: Nurideen Lindsey to Transfer at End of Semester

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UPDATE December 8th, 2011, 5:34PM According to CBSSports.com, Nurideen Lindsey already has a school in mind to which he will transfer, but would not reveal it. "My intentions are to transfer to a Division-I school," Lindsey told CBSSports.com. "I want to be a college basketball player." UPDATE December 8th, 2011, 4:36PM St. John's releases a statement, saying that Lindsey will transfer to another institution. "This was a mutually agreed-upon decision that Nuri’s pursuit of other opportunities is in the best interest of all parties," said Lavin, in the statement. “We appreciate Nuri’s contributions to our program. He is a basketball player with a bright future. Our basketball family supports Nuri as he moves in a new … [Read more...]

Without Steve Lavin, St. John’s Gears Up for No. 1 Kentucky

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On Thursday night, St. John’s will, once again, be without their head coach, Steve Lavin, who will not make the trip to Lexington for his team’s matchup with Kentucky. “We go about our business. I think [the players] feed off the staff,” said assistant coach Mike Dunlap of Lavin, who continues to recover from successful prostate cancer surgery. “He’s got A+ on his bloodwork, we know that. It’s a matter of recuperation.” As Lavin rests, his team will go on the road for their first true road game of the season. But no need to ease them into it. Forget about playing a local low-major in a gym the size of some high schools. Instead, Dunlap will lead the Red Storm into Rupp Arena, home of John Calipari’s number one-ranked … [Read more...]

Zone Defense Not Problem for St. John’s, Execution Is

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In the absence of head coach Steve Lavin, who continued to rest following prostate cancer surgery, Mike Dunlap’s team surrendered 21 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 14 times in a 78-64 loss Saturday evening at Carnesecca Arena. There were some who could have helped St. John’s rebounding deficiency. Problem was, they were spread out across the northeast; one in Philadelphia, one in New Hampshire, and one in Maine. But if you ask, this team will tell you ineligible players are no excuse, and they’re right. Systematically, there are ways for this team, with this size and depth, to win basketball games. Take a look at the loss against much more skilled and physical Arizona: the Red Storm were nearly even on the boards, … [Read more...]

St. John’s Bounces Back, Defeats St. Francis, 63-48

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Coming out of the gate, it didn’t look good. St. John’s had shot 1/9 from the field by the 16-minute mark in the first half, but used an 18-4 run and had 10 total steals to take a lead they would never relinquish, beating St. Francis 63-48 at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night. Head coach Steve Lavin was not in attendance, still on a modified schedule while he fully recovers from prostate cancer surgery. Luckily for Lavin, he has a wealth of experienced coaches on his bench. "We notice a difference when he's not here. He's very, very good at what he does so we miss him and notice the change," assistant coach Mike Dunlap stressed, "but we - as a coaching staff - got him. All of us, from Coach Gene Keady to myself, are over 1,000 … [Read more...]

St. John’s Loss to Texas A&M Shows Range of Emotions for 2011 Squad

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This post also appeared on NBC Sports Beyond the Arc. NEW YORK- Friday night’s heartbreaking 59-58 loss to Texas A&M showed, in just forty minutes of gametime, the range of emotions that St. John’s will endure this season. After lacking energy in the first half and falling behind by 11 in the first half, the Red Storm surged back to take the lead in the second half, up 58-57 with 22 seconds remaining. Texas A&M guard Elston Turner knocked down a jumper from the top of the with ten seconds remaining and St. John’s Nurideen Lindsey could not convert on either of two free throws with seconds remaining, allowing the Aggies to escape, 59-58. “What I shared with the team after was similar to last night, in terms of the talking … [Read more...]