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St. John’s Red Storm Guard D’Angelo Harrison Wins Random Award

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It is a good time to be a St. John’s Red Storm fan. It looks like no player of significance is going anywhere (sorry, Amir Garrett is not that significant), they just signed Rysheed Jordan, and Steve Lavin looks to be completely healthy. That means that future is so bright for the Red Storm that many predict a monumental turnaround next season.

Still, this past season has some lingering memories. Some ill-informed folks are talking about Lavin being on the hot-seat (let us get this straight: there is a zero percent chance that Lavin is even on the mildly-warm seat) and the D’Angelo Harrion season-long fiasco still gets brought up here and there.

However, there is a reason why Harrison is widely considered the Johnnies’ best player despite his sometimes bad behavior. The guard can score from nearly anywhere on the court and has helped carry the Red Storm to victories in the past. Now, it seems like Harrison is getting the first good news he has had in awhile.

Harrison has been named a first-team member of the All-Metropolitan team. The only puzzling part of his selection was the fact that he missed a few games due to some issues with Lavin, team rules and etc. Usually, folks who select these kind of things are pretty hesitant to select a player who is perceived as troubled in the past.

It looks as if those people decided that Harrison’s talent was so overwhelming that keeping him off the team would be a great disservice to the legitimacy of it all.

 

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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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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