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St. John’s Leading Scorer, D’Angelo Harrison, Suspended for Rest of Season

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The topsy-turvy season for the St. John’s Red Storm reached a new low Friday morning, when it was announced that leading scoring D’Angelo Harrison has been suspended from the team for the remainder of the season.

A reason hasn’t been given yet for the suspension, but with St. John’s still playing for an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, Harrison must have really done something to bother head coach Steve Lavin enough to give his star player the temporary boot.

“I had a productive meeting with D’Angelo yesterday,” Lavin said Friday. “He has a bright future in basketball and I’m optimistic his time away from our team will be of value.”

The third leading scorer in the Big East at 17.8 points per game, Harrison’s suspension overshadows the good news that the Johnnies received on Thursday, that transfer forward Orlando Sanchez has been declared eligible to play and will suit up for the 2013-14 season.

Yesterday I posed the question, would JaKarr Sampson return to St. John’s next year to team with Sanchez, but now I have to wonder instead if Harrison will be in the fold for next years team as well.

Expected to take on more of a leadership role in his sophomore season, Harrison was suspended for an early season exhibition game for “undisclosed transgressions,” and was benched from his starting role following the one-game suspension. At the time, Harrison seemed to be understanding, and even said if he had to come off the bench for the entire season he’d do whatever his coach asked of him.

The Missouri City, Texas native also predicted that his young team would make the NCAA Tournament at the beginning of the season. It’ll be awfully difficult to do that with their leading scorer not on the floor.

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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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