D.J. Kennedy Traded to Rio Grande Vipers

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D-League All Star and St. John's alumni D.J. Kennedy has been traded to the Rio Grande Vipers of the NBA developmental league. Kennedy is currently putting together an MVP caliber season in the D-Leauge, averaging 18.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.5 assist per game. After being named an all star with the Eerie BayHawks, Kennedy will now being joining a Vipers team that many consider to be filled with NBA talent. This bodes well for Kennedy, who still hopes for a chance to make it back to the NBA. During his short tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kennedy scored 12 points while grabbing 7 rebounds in his two games. Kennedy is best know for his success with the Red Storm. He spent four years with the team, including a junior … [Read more...]

Orlando Sanchez Cleared by NCAA; Redshirt God’sgift Gives St. John’s Scholarship Flexibility

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Junior college transfer Orlando Sanchez has received a waiver from the NCAA and will regain one year of playing eligibility, St. John's announced Thursday via Twitter. “It’s big news,” Sanchez said. “I can play next year. I’m so happy. I’m going to call my grandma right now and tell her the great news. I’m going to tell them ‘I’m free. I can play.’" St. John's sought out legal council of Robert Orr, who had previously represented highly touted UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad, to help Sanchez in the appeal process. “I am delighted to receive this good news for Orlando and St. John’s,” Orr said in a statement. “It is the right decision and I’m appreciative of the NCAA staff working with us in order to reconsider the waiver … [Read more...]

JaKarr Sampson Named Big East Rookie of the Week for Sixth Time

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports For the sixth time this season, freshman JaKarr Sampson of St. John's has been named the Big East Rookie of the Week. Sampson joins Erick Barkley as the only other member of the Red Storm to win the award on six separate occasions. He is four shy of Carmelo Anthony's conference record of ten. In the St. John's win against UConn, Sampson scored 18 points while pulling down 6 rebounds. He eventually fouled out, but not before making his presence felt. In the Red Storm's game against Syracuse, Sampson was able to up his efficiency by shooting 71% from the field while dropping a game high 21 points. He also chipped in 2 steals and 6 rebounds. Sampson will look to get St. John's back in the win column as … [Read more...]

D.J. Kennedy Named D-League All Star

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Former Red Storm star D.J. Kennedy will be taking part in the upcoming NBA All Star festivities in Houston as part of a squad featuring the top 20 D-League players. Kennedy played four years at St. John's averaging about 12 points, 2 assist, and 6 rebounds a game. In his junior year, he led the Red Storm in all five major statistical categories. Fourteen of the D-League players have prior NBA experience, including Kennedy. In two games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season he averaged  6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assist. The versatile Kennedy has upped his value even more this year as a member of the Erie BayHawks, putting up 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 per night. Many St. John's fans remember the injury Kennedy suffered … [Read more...]

St. John’s Continue Rivalry With Syracuse Through 2015

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St. John's and Syracuse released a joint announcement to state that the two schools will have a home-and-home series over the course of the next two seasons. The fist game will be held next season at Madison Square Garden on December 15. The meeting at the Carrier Dome will occur the year after, in a date that has yet to be determined. The continuation of the series was foreshadowed in July, when 'Cuse coach Jim Boeheim expressed his interest in maintaining a connection with the Red Storm. St. John's coach Steve Lavin also commented on the ongoing rivalry. “St. John’s and Syracuse are two of the storied programs in NCAA history, both with top 10 numbers in overall victories and winning percentage." Coach Lavin tweeted. "The … [Read more...]

JaKarr Sampson Wins League Leading 5th Big East Player Of The Week Award

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For the second week in a row, and the league leading fifth time, St. John's freshman JaKarr Sampson was named Big East Rookie of the Week. Sampson is on his way to joining the illustrious group of players to receive the award on numerous occassions. Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson won it 10 and 9 times respectively. Sampson has five more weeks to try to catch them. In a week that saw St. John's go 2-0, Sampson shot an incredibly efficient 16-32 from the field. He also averaged 6 rebounds and 1.5 assist in the two game span. Against Rutgers Sampson dropped 21 points, one shy of his career high. He kept the scoring up when the Red Storm hosted Seton Hall, scoring 19 points while shooting 56% from the field. Sampson will look to … [Read more...]

JaKarr Sampson Named Big East Rookie Of The Week For Fourth Time

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Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports For the fourth time this season, JaKarr Sampson of the St. John's Red Storm has been named the Big East Rookie of the Week. Sampson had a team high 17 points in the St. John's upset over #20 Notre Dame. He added 4 rebounds as well as 1 assist, steal, and block in the win over the Irish. Against DePaul, Sampson chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. He played a strong defensive game committing zero fouls while pitching in a block as the Storm beat the Blue Demons. Currently Sampson leads all Big East freshman in scoring and rebounding per game, averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 rebounds a night. Last year, Moe Harkless won the award twice for St. John's before going on to be named Big East Rookie of … [Read more...]

Chris Obekpa Named Big East Rookie Of The Week

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Chris Obekpa has been named the Big East Rookie of the Week, the first time that the 6'9 center has received the award. Despite St. John's losing both of the games Obekpa played in this week, his strong defensive effort was enough to earn him the accolade. He averaged 10.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in the losses against Rutgers and Georgetown. His first block against Georgetown was his 77th of the season, allowing him to break the single season blocks record for St. John's. He added to his record as the game went on, giving him 82 blocks on the year. Also impressive to note is that with his 11 blocks in the two games, Obekpa only committed one foul. He also kept control of the ball on the offensive end, with only two turnovers over … [Read more...]

St. John’s Men’s Basketball Volunteers At San Francisco Food Bank

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St. John's Athletic Communications Following their 57-49 victory over NJIT on Saturday, St. John's headed across the country to face the San Francisco Dons. Before that however, they took their talents to battling hunger in the Bay Area. The Storm arrived at their hotel in San Francisco early sunday morning. After a bit of sleep the team headed out to the San Francisco Food Bank where players and personnel alike joined together with 22,000 others to help out those less fortunate. The San Francisco Food Bank is one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the country. Storm players decided to make it even larger as they lent a helping hand. “This really shows what St. John's stands for, giving back to the community, and helping … [Read more...]

JaKarr Sampson Named Big East Rookie Of The Week

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After leading St. John's to a 2-0 record, freshman forward JaKarr Sampson was named Big East Rookie Of The Week. Sampson's award comes in the wake of a rough start to the season that saw him shoot just 3-14 in the teams first two games. Now he is the teams leading rebounder with 6.2 boards per game, a far cry from his early season struggles. In the Johnnies first win of the week against Holy Cross, Sampson dropped 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. The points were the highest he has scored in his young collegiate career. Sampson was a bit quieter in the teams second win against Florida Gulf Coast. The freshman did fill up all facets of the stat sheet however; he had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assist. That to go with a steal … [Read more...]