The St. John’s Red Storm were not the best team in the Big East in the 2012-13 college basketball season. In fact, they were basically the 11th best team in the conference, since that is where they finished in the standings. However, this team will go from 11th place to a top five finish in the 2013-14 college hoops season.
A big reason for this is the Big East being a completely different conference now, since some of the teams stayed–with others joining–and some of the teams went to other conferences, including many of them going to the all new AAC.
Despite that fact, so much talent will be returning to this team, which includes D’Angelo Harrison, who put up beastly numbers last season. He averaged 17.8 points per game, which is beastly in my book. He is not even close to being the only good returning player, but he will play a huge role once again for the Red Storm in the upcoming season.
Rysheed Jordan will also be joining the team, and St. John’s will likely be hoping for the freshman to make an impact right away.
There will still be plenty of talent in this new Big East, which includes Marquette, Georgetown, Butler and Creighton, but the Red Storm will be legit and they will be the dark horse of this conference. However, this dark pony could very well surprise a lot of people by winning the Big East. Although that may be a stretch, that is how much talent Steve Lavin will have on his team.
Regardless, St. John’s will go from one of the worst teams in the conference to one of the best in a very short time period.
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