Tag: Chris Mullin

For St. John’s, it’s all up to Shamorie Ponds

Photo Credit: Nick Bello (nbello8)

Talent. Experience. Resilience. These were all words to describe St. John’s in their fourth season under head coach Chris Mullin. A team who’s best player was voted to be the Big East Preseason Player of the Year, surrounded by newfound talent. It was the perfect storm that turned out to be a dark cloud hanging over Queens.

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Cavanagh’s Column: Some Thoughts as Conference Play Looms

It’s Dec. 19, and conference play is just 10 days away. We’ve learned a lot so far from the non-conference portion of the schedule, with plenty more to learn in the coming weeks. However, I have some questions and comments about what I’ve seen so far from the Big East.

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St. John’s: The Start of Something New

Tuesday night in Queens was a celebration of sort as St. John’s took on Loyola Maryland in their home opener at Carnesecca Arena. After a long wait, Red Storm fans finally got to see one of the most talented teams in the Big East in action. Continue reading “St. John’s: The Start of Something New”

St. John’s: Scouting Marcellus Earlington

Height: 6’5

Weight: 230 pounds

Position: Small Forward

High School: Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)

Ranking: Three-Star recruit (247 Sports)

Marcellus Earlington was originally projected to play football. Standing at 6’5 and weighing 230 pounds, the defensive end from Don Bosco Prep had offers from big-time football programs like Georgia, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Pittsburgh, with a total of 16 offers. He also played basketball as a small forward.

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St. John’s: Does it make sense for Tariq Owens to transfer?

Just last week, it was announced that St. John’s center Tariq Owens requested a release from the program to pursue other opportunities. Considering he is a graduate student, this means he could transfer anywhere without waiting a year to play for a new team.

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Big East Tournament Day One Recap: St. John’s, Marquette Advance

Day one of the Big East Tournament brought bad weather, but great basketball. The first game was between old-time rivals, as the St. John’s Red Storm took on the Georgetown Hoyas, followed by Marquette vs. DePaul in a game that went down to the wire.

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St. John’s: What happened to Kassoum Yakwe?

In Chris Mullin’s first year coaching, one of his big recruits was a four-star power forward named Kassoum Yakwe. Yakwe committed to St. John’s on August 23, 2015, and was one of the building blocks in a complete roster overhaul from the previous coaching regime.

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St. John’s: Forget Madison Square Garden, Carnesecca Arena is home


I’m currently in my third year as a St. John’s student, and third year as a student season ticket holder. I enrolled here for a good education, connections, and networking opportunities. But, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share why I really applied here. Folks, there’s nothing like a great atmosphere for division one sports in a big-time conference. However, the best atmosphere isn’t under the bright lights of New York City. It’s right here in Jamaica, Queens.

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St. John’s: Shamorie Ponds is the real deal

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s Athletics)

He just gets buckets. Shamorie Ponds has been doing it since his days at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. Now, he’s putting on a show in the borough over. The 6’1 point guard stayed elected to stay home for school, and play in front of the St. John’s faithful at Carnesecca Arena in Queens.

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St. John’s: Don’t lose hope in Chris Mullin just yet

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An 0-11 start to Big East play and a 10-13 record overall wasn’t what anyone had in mind for the St. John’s Red Storm. Highly regarded transfers Justin Simon and Marvin Clark II were finally eligible to play, and added hope to an already talented team that showed great promise the season before.

However, an early injury to Marcus LoVett depleted a team that already struggled with a lack of depth. The Johnnies were competitive, but often outmatched. The team was inconsistent. All of this culminated into another disappointing season in Queens.

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