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From ESPN.com this morning by Andy Katz: Steve Lavin reassures St. John's fans that all incoming student-athletes for the 2012-13 season will indeed be academically eligible. After last fall, when Amir Garrett, JaKarr Sampson, and Norvel Pelle were deemed ineligible, this type of news evokes a sense of ease. All eight newcomers will be eligible in the fall at St. John's, according to coach Steve Lavin. The Red Storm will have five returning players for a full load of 13. Lavin, who is cancer free and ready to resume coaching after taking most of last season off from the sideline, said he has signed 18 players in 28 months on the job. The Red Storm lost two players to transfers and one to the NBA draft and two players didn't qualify during Lavin's two years. In response to the 18 he has signed, Lavin said, "I believe I signed 20 or so kids in seven years as head coach at UCLA. It was seven years worth of recruiting in 28 months (at St. John's). It is so rewarding to walk into the weight room or gym and see 13 of our kids. It's hard to articulate." Lavin is convinced with 11 underclassmen he will have one of the youngest teams in the country and in St. John's history. What do you think - do you believe the Red Storm will have its full roster right away?

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