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D’Angelo Harrison’s Wants to Return to St. John’s Following Season Ending Suspension

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

We wrote earlier that St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison has accepted his season ending suspension, but the question of whether or not the sophomore scoring machine would return to Queens for his junior season was still in the air.

Well according to an article by Lenn Robbins of the New York Post, there’s no question that Harrison is here to stay. In fact, Harrison wants to play for head coach Steve Lavin again and is optimistic about his future with the program.

“He’s very optimistic and extremely relieved,” said Angela Harris, Harrison’s grandmother, in a phone interview with the NY Post. “The pressure is off. D’Angelo is a smart kid. He wants to be the best person he can be and he’s willing to work at it.”

It was announced that Harrison was suspended for the rest of the season towards the end of last week, and with a past of being in Lavin’s doghouse for being late to practice as well as for “undisclosed transgressions,” this isn’t the first we’re hearing of the  two having a tumultuous relationship.

The NY Post article also revealed that Harrison led the team in more than scoring. “[Harrison] led the team in times being kicked out of practice, times being late to team functions and times not being respectful to assistant coaches and support staff. His behavior the week Lavin was in Northern California mourning the loss of his father was the deal-breaker.”

If you were wondering what would cause a team that is extremely desperate for every point they could get as they fight tooth and nail to try and make the NCAA Tournament to suspend their leading scorer, there you have it.

Hopefully Harrison will have a chance at redemption next season. Time will tell.

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