DJ Kennedy scores 12 in NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Apr 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard D.J. Kennedy (12) stands with the ball in the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The last image of D.J. Kennedy that any Red Storm fan has is him clutching his knee during the Big East Tournament in 2011 after tearing his ACL against Syracuse.

The newest image of D.J. Kennedy that any Red Storm fan should have is of him moving perfectly well on the court. but this time he isn't wearing a St. John's jersey. Instead, his coach is Byron Scott, he's wearing the #12, and D.J. is wearing a jersey of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kennedy was called up from the D-League 4 days ago where he had played the entire season with the New York Knicks D-League affiliate, The Erie Bay Hawks. He started all 44 games he played in, averaging 15.7 points per game to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Same old do-it-all D.J., filled with skill and versatility.

Last night Kennedy made his pro debut as the Cavs took on the Washington Wizards scoring 12 points (5-for-6 shooting), grabbing 6 boards, dishing out 3 assists to go along with 2 steals in 31 minutes of play in a loss to the Washington Wizards.

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Yes, it's the same old D.J. Kennedy that St. John's fans have come to know and love and who was an instrumental piece to the revival of the program just a year ago. The same D.J. who led the Johnnies through four challenging years.

A year after missing the NCAA Tournament with a knee injury, Kennedy is suiting up for an NBA team and living out his dream.

Congratulations to D.J. Kennedy for his continued success - and hoping for more to follow with a developing Cavs squad. And here's hoping Moe Harkless joins him in the NBA next year.

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