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Will Steve Lavin Be Successful in the Big Apple?

Kelley L. Cox-US PRESSWIRE

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!

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NCAA Tournament Profile: St. John's Red Storm

Record: 21-11

RPI: 37

BPI: 51

Conference: Big East Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 9 seed in South

 

The St. John’s Red Storm have been a tough puzzle to solve ever since Steve Lavin took over as head coach. Lavin has recruited like a boss, but his teams simply have not met expectations. Well, his team didn’t blow us all away this year, but it will be partaking in the 2015 NCAA tournament. It is all about those baby steps.

This is the Red Storm’s first appearance since 2011. Needless to say, the team was well overdue.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: D’Angelo Harrison (17.5 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Sir’Dominic Pointer (7.6 RPG)

Leading Passer: Rysheed Jordan (3.1 APG)

Bad Losses: DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall

Good Wins: Providence (twice), Xavier (twice), Syracuse, Georgetown

 

If everything comes together, St. John’s could be one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. That may be asking for a lot, though. This team did lose 11 times on the season.

If you are looking for a player who can score at will, look no further than D’Angelo Harrison. Harrison is a senior, so you better believe he will be playing every game like it is his last because … well, every game could realistically be his last. Fun fact: Harrison has averaged over 16 points per game all four years at St. John’s — he is the real deal, folks.

St. John’s wasn’t the most consistent team in the country, so it will be interesting to see which Red Storm team shows up — the one that lost three in a row at one point, or the one that started the season off with an 11-1 record.

The St. John’s Red Storm are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Will this finally be the year that Steve Lavin coaches his St. John's Red Storm on a deep run? Whether the case, they enter the dance with some talent.

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