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...]

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...]

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...]

Confident St. John’s Freshman D’Angelo Harrison Leads Red Storm by Example

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Forget the capacity crowd inside Carnesecca Arena that is awaiting his entrance at Red Storm Tip Off. Put aside the fact that this is his first experience with the full-on media blitz in the high-stakes market of New York City. Disregard, even, that this is a freshman who, just weeks ago, found out that his team will start the season with eight scholarship players. Isn’t there something that could unnerve St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison? On the surface, there certainly does not seem to be. He stands outside the press room at Taffner Fieldhouse and takes questions, one arm leaned against the wall, the other motioning as he speaks confidently and maturely about his team’s progress, to this point. “Everybody on the team is … [Read more...]