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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