Much like the original John Thompson did with Georgetown, sometimes coaches can have a primary recruiting base located in an area so rich with talent that all they need to do is lock down the talent in their area and they will have a great basketball team. The schools around cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, and a few other cities should always have good local college basketball teams because they breed talent and fierce competitors.
Which brings us to the infamous Steve Lavin, who has the task of waking up the echoes of Lou Carnesecca and igniting the lore of Madison Square Garden as he tries to bring the St. John’s Red Storm back to college basketball relevance and dominance. At this point, the Red Storm aren’t one of the more appealing schools for New York City recruits, and Coach Lavin will have to change that. Although St. John’s has a ton to offer in terms of facilities, access to the largest American media market, and play in the most historic basketball arena in the country, it all comes down to winning.
If Lavin can consistently find the winning column, it’s certain that he’s sitting on a gold mine in New York. By being a good coach and establishing consistency, he can engage the New York media to become heavily involved with St. John’s Basketball once again. This will give him the opportunity to sell blue chip recruits one of the best collegiate opportunities in the country.
Can Steve Lavin be successful in New York? Absolutely!
Will he? Stay tuned!