Norman aka Pico
Ishmail Wainright's recruitment heats up; Sir`Dom the point guard; a mascot hangs from the side of a building; and how do you like the new Rumble in the Garden look?
The New York Jets are imploding, the owner thinks the political win is bigger than the team winning, and the Tebow-or-Sanchez debate gains even more steam. And also in New York, the Knicks' media day summed up in ten tweets and a gif by Deadspin.
Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton MC'd the "Evening with St. John's basketball" event, that raised a bunch of money for the men's and women's programs.
Johnny Thunderbird rappelled down the side of a 470 foot building for Over the Edge, helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society. (Johnny makes a mention that safety regulations wouldn't allow them to let him fly. Someone needs to tell him that he is a flightless bird. I'd bring some tissues for that revelation.)
Recruiting news has taken the forefront this week, as Ishmail Wainright and Rysheed Jordan are getting serious about their college choices.
Wainright, a burly small forward (or undersized power forward?), is a built like a pro linebacker (photo evidence). What does he like about St. John's? The education and Lavin's wing-oriented focus. More on Ish Wainright's decision to cut his list to four from over the weekend. Per Adam Zagoria, Coach Steve Lavin traveled to Kansas City to speak with Wainright's parents, and to see his younger brother work out.
Wainright mentioned in an interview that he wants to make his decision before the high school season starts.
Meanwhile, Rysheed Jordan liked his visit to St. John's (recruits all like their visits. No one says "Man, that visit was lame. I met with a professer, and he knew nothing about Kant."); but one of his advisors did say that St. John's has "emerged" for Jordan. Take that for what it's worth.
Lavin and the team are changing things up this season
Quinn was handling business at last week's successful Dribble for the Cure event to raise money for pediatric cancer research, getting quotes and covering the big stories from the St. John's head coach and players. Click on the links for more on each story (obviously):
Steve Lavin is cancer-free and ready to patrol the sidelines.
"I am continuing to blaze the healthy path. With a regimen of enough cardio each week, yoga, and brisk walking," coach Lavin said. "It's just about being mindful on the health front by making good choices."
Stay healthy, coach. Keep up the good living and don't fall into a fried food/ burger trap.
D`Angelo Harrison is emerging as a leader... and a point guard after some extra tutelage in the Houston area.
"I've been working on slowing my game down," said Harrison. "This offseason has been a lot about style of play, dribbling, and reading screen-and-rolls. Reading plays is going to be big for me this year."
And Sir`Dominic Pointer could play some point guard?
"He has the ability, similar to DJ Kennedy but with more speed, to take the ball off the backboard and accelerate the ball up the floor," Lavin said.
"He sees things well," Lavin continued. "Similar to a periscope coming out of a submarine looking over the water, he can play over the top because of his size."
Well, that's an interesting turn of events. But considering that Lavin loves his teams to "share the sugar," it may be an attempt to get the whole team to think about making the right play, not the "me" play.
In that vein, the Red Storm in Review series continued with a look at Dom Pointer's game and potential. Pointer may not have lived up to some of the hype, but he's a multifaceted, defensievly-minded wing who could break out this season.
St. John's soccer had a 1-1-2 week - that's 1 win (vs Columbia), 1 loss (vs UConn), and 2 ties. The team won over the weekend at DePaul, so it's a 2-1-2 week, in keeping with the longtime New York City area code. We'll post some photos from the DePaul game, where Chicagoland native Taylor Cole got to see time on the pitch, with his six-person cheering section showing a lot of love.
The Atlantic Coast Conference will not be held in New York City any time soon. Details.
How is the new Rumble look and layout treating you? Things you like? Possible gripes?