How Good Could the St. John's Red Storm Be If Rysheed Jordan Meets Expectations?

By Trevor Lowry
Steve Lavin
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The St. John’s Red Storm are expected to be a good basketball team in the 2013-14 college basketball season. You could have said that every year since Steve Lavin took over the team and you would have not found matching results. However, this could be the year that Lavin finally shows how good of a basketball team he has. With that said, how good could the Red Storm be if Rysheed Jordan meets expectations?

If Jordan starts–which he should–and if he meets expectations, St. John’s will finish in the top three in the Big East Conference. This team even has the talent to win it, thanks to Jakarr Sampson and D’Angelo Harrison returning.

Those three players could make up quite the combo, but there are other players coming back that could also have big impacts. Regardless, St. John’s will basically have the same team as last year. You know, the won who finished the season with a 17-16 record.

That may sound rather bad for a team that is supposed to compete for a conference title in the very next season, but that is definitely the case with the Red Storm.

Winning the conference is one thing, but if Jordan meets expectations–assuming he gets the playing time he deserves–St. John’s could make a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. As good as this team could be, I do not see it winning a national championship, but a Final Four appearance is not out of the question.

And sure, the difference between making the Final Four and winning a title may not seem that far away, but when it gets down to the last four teams in the tourney, the competition is as fierce as it gets.

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