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Two Players That Could Play Big For St. John’s Red Storm Next Season

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A lot of the talk is about D’Angelo Harrison and Jakarr Sampson returning to the St. John’s Red Storm in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but there are two other players that could play big roles for this team in the upcoming season.

Those two are Phil Greene IV and Chris Obekpa.

Greene IV averaged 10.1 points per game this past season, while shooting a terrible 22.7 percent from behind the arc. Assuming that he improves his shot, he could really increase his points in the upcoming season. He did average more than 30 minutes per game and he gets his fair share of attempts. It is now up to him to improve, so he can make a big impact for the Red Storm.

As for Obekpa, he played 26 minutes per game on average and was able to put up 3.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. However, it is his four blocks per game that should have everyone excited. He is a blocking machine at 6’9” and he could become more of an offensive threat with more looks. He only shot the ball 3.7 times per game, which is barely any.

Both of these players may not be the stars next season, since Sampson and Harrison pretty much already established that role, but that does not mean that they will not make a big impact for this team.

The Red Storm have not met expectations under Steve Lavin yet, but there is so much talent on this team that you would think they would perform at some point. Next season seems to finally be that year.

Watch out for Greene IV and Obekpa in the 2013-14 college basketball season and the St. John’s Red Storm as well.


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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!

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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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