St. John’s Media Day Opens Red Storm Season [PHOTO GALLERY]

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On Friday, November 4th, 2011, St. John's Media Day brought outlets from across the New York area to Carnessecca Arena to get a closer look at the 2011-2012 Red Storm. (Photos Dave Krupinski/JohnnyJungle.com) Media Present Lenn Robbins - New York Post Roger Rubin - New York Daily News Marc Ernay - 1010 WINS Radio Deborah Harris - Rivals Quinn Rochford and Tim Dimas - SB Nation The Torch - St. John's Student Newspaper WRED TV - St. John's Student Television WSJU - St. John's Student Radio … [Read more...]

Maurice Harkless: New Face of St. John’s Basketball Continues to Impress

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Eighteen months ago, Maurice Harkless was a lanky, 6’8”, 185-pound rising senior from New York City with interest from high-major programs across the country. That summer, in 2010, Harkless attended Hoop Group Elite camp at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Reading is a skeleton of its former self since the booming manufacturing industry of the 1950s packed up and headed out of town, and is left, today, looking like a crumbling snapshot of where it was at its height. But, when Harkless was in Reading, in front of hundreds of college coaches, he shone bright, justifying his ranking as a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2011. Chris Harney, head coach at St. Mary’s College, whose Seahawks lost to Harkless and the Red … [Read more...]

Official St. Mary’s (MD) Preview: Even In His Absence, Lavin Still Present With Red Storm

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Throughout this preseason for the Red Storm, the focus has been on homework, in all its forms. The most obvious is in the classroom, where six of the eight scholarship players are working through their first semester at a Division I institution. Last Tuesday’s 110-80 over Division II C.W. Post, though impressive in some areas, leaves the Red Storm with "homework," and much to improve upon. But, in the prolonged absence of head coach Steve Lavin, who is still recovering from successful prostate cancer surgery, these young members of the Red Storm have taken another assignment upon themselves: to see their coach through until his return. “We check on Coach every day to see how he’s doing,” said sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey, … [Read more...]

St. Mary’s Chris Harney, St. John’s Steve Lavin, And a Chance Encounter In Houston

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Chris Harney’s car has 188,000 miles on it. He drives that 1993 Toyota Corolla to work every morning to his job in St. Mary’s City, Md., about two hours southeast of Washington, D.C. Harney comes from a family of Irish immigrants. His Brooklyn-bred father, Raymond, worked for the New York City Public School system for 32 years. A generation before, his grandfather worked as a security guard and his grandmother worked as a hotel attendant. Here in 2011, there are aspects of Harney’s job that are not unlike the blue-collar work of his father and grandparents. Some days, he washes clothes, other days he is washing cars or selling cupcakes. But Harney is not a custodian. He does not work at the local gas station, nor is he a … [Read more...]

St. John’s Phil Greene: Exhibition Shows Freshman Finding His Niche With Red Storm

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For as much depth as St. John’s lacks in the frontcourt to begin the 2011-2012, the backcourt is made up of a strong foursome that will compete for minutes. But, in St. John’s first exhibition, it wasn’t sophomore Nurideen Lindsey, a man challenged Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record at Overbrook HS (PA), or freshman D’Angelo Harrison, who averaged over 30 points during his senior year at Dulles HS (TX) who stole the show. Instead, it was 6’2” combo guard Phil Greene who put up 20 points on 8/10 shooting, including 4/6 from three-point range, as a surprise spark in St. John’s 110-80 exhibition win over C.W. Post. “I just wanted to go out and play hard,” said Greene. “My teammates got me open shots, which opened up the three. They … [Read more...]

Young St. John’s Red Storm Set to Take Court for Exhibition vs. Division II C.W. Post

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The way they were talking about it, one would think this is the start of the Big East season for St. John’s. “I’m approaching this like we’re playing Syracuse,” said freshman guard D’Angelo Harrison. “I feel like this game is like the last game I'm ever gonna play. Everybody feels the same way. Everybody's willing to put their life on the line to win this game.” In fact, Syracuse is not up next, nor is Georgetown, nor Louisville, nor even Marquette. Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena the Red Storm will be taking the court for their first exhibition game, this against Division II C.W. Post. Post, whose campus is located in nearby Brookville, New York, is an 8,000-student school that is part of the larger Long Island University … [Read more...]

St. John’s Commit Darrick Wood: Bridgton Academy’s Constant Scoring Threat

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In August, Darrick Wood watched as the NCAA ruled four of his NIA Prep (NJ) teammates ineligible to play college basketball. A few days later, the 6’3” rising senior committed to St. John’s. It was then that he knew he needed to make a change. “[NIA Prep] was having some school issues and problems with the NCAA,” Wood told JohnnyJungle.com. “I just didn’t want to be associated with that.” Wood chose to transfer to Bridgton Academy, located in small Bridgton, Maine, for his senior season, before heading to college. And along with that came an adjustment. Bridgton, Maine, boasting a population of 2,751, has very little in common with Wood’s hometown of Washington, DC, and is equally as different from Newark, NJ, home of NIA … [Read more...]

Gene Keady Brings Experience to Help Young St. John’s Red Storm

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Those in attendance on the ninth floor of the New York Athletic Club looked more ready to greet a high-profile political figure for a swanky fundraiser than a group looking to cover Big East basketball. The suit-and-tie event on a rainy day in mid-October brought together players for the conference’s annual Media Day. Sitting adjacent to a window that overlooks the southside of Central Park, St. John’s assistant coach Mike Dunlap and special advisor Gene Keady take questions from the media that surround their table. “Our team is young and talented,” says Dunlap, with a rather textbook response. But, no one expected the punchline. “And we have a strong coaching staff, too. Coach Keady is like having Yoda around.” The crowd … [Read more...]

Steve Lavin Announces Fall “Junior Johnnies” Camps

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Red Storm head men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin announced a new Junior Johnnies Camps and Clinics program called the “Basketball Breakfast Club,” coming to Taffner Field House on the St. John’s campus this fall. Beginning on Oct. 22, boys grades 1-6 can improve their basketball skills by learning from the St. John’s men’s basketball coaching staff. Campers will improve shooting, ballhandling, defense, conditioning and agility. Activities for Junior Johnnies Basketball Breakfast Club participants include daily games, contests and drills. Junior Johnnies Basketball Breakfast Club Open to any all boys grades 1-6 Attend multiple sessions and save! Camp Staff includes St. John's University men's basketball coaches. Top area coaches … [Read more...]

2011 Red Storm Tip Off Marks Beginning of New Era for Steve Lavin, St. John’s

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In the nearly eighteen months that have passed since Steve Lavin officially took the reins as the head coach at St. John’s, there has been a reinvention: a reinvention of personnel, a reinvention of image, and, most importantly, a reinvention and infusion of a new energy into a long-dormant fanbase. Though not without its setbacks along the way, the 2011 Red Storm Tip Off on Friday night at Carnesecca Arena will mark the official beginning of a new era in St. John’s basketball. As much as last year's successes helped to change the basketball culture, this will be Lavin's "first team," one that he crafted almost entirely by hand, and will lead into the future. And for all the optimism about this new beginning that rightfully surrounds … [Read more...]