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)
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!