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St. John’s Sophomore D’Angelo Harrison Ready to Accept Season-Long Suspension

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Entering the month of February, St. John’s had the makings of a team that was gearing up for a run at a spot within the NCAA Tournament.

However, a 2-5 mark over the course of the past four weeks has all but doomed the Johnnies this season and without leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, even the potential of making a run within the Big East Tournament seems out of the bag.

Harrison, who is the third leading scorer within the conference at 17.8 points per game, was suspended for the remainder of the season by head coach Steve Lavin just last Friday. In the wake of Lavin’s decision, the Johnnies lost yet another battle this past weekend to Providence, a game that they certainly needed to have in terms of their postseason potential.

As for Harrison, the decision certainly presented a situation in which he and his family were unsure as to why such a punishment was given. According to the New York Daily News, Harrison’s grandmother made the trip to New York City to discuss the suspension with Lavin. Following a few meetings, Harrison and his family felt comfortable with the decision, according to the report.

There is no doubt that the loss of Harrison is a devastating blow to the Red Storm, but one that can certainly be used a lesson moving forward. Lavin made the decision to punish Harrison because of a failure to meet expected standards for conduct and behavior.

Lavin is a tenured head coach, even though he is still re-building St. John’s at the moment. There should be no doubt that his ability to suspend the team’s leading scorer this late in the season also provides a message to the rest of the group and program.

St. John’s will head to Notre Dame on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).

 

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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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