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Zags: New York Stars Talking Syracuse Package

As Adam Zagoria points out, St. John's recruiting targets Chris McCullough (2014), Jermaine Lawrence (2013), and Isaiah Whitehead (2014) could be working on convening on one college team. But reports are that it wouldn't be the Red Storm. McCullough says that the three have already discussed joining at Syracuse, who move to the ACC for the 2013-14 season. Would the Johnnies and Steve Lavin be able to withstand missing out on three of New York City's most coveted recruits?

Twitter / rumbleSBN: Signees Chris Obekpa & ...

So you know: Signees Chris Obekpa & Felix Balamou were cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, via @AdamZagoria #STJbb

Best individual match-up (that we know we’ll see): Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston) vs....

Best individual match-up (that we know we’ll see): Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston) vs. D’Angelo Harrison (St. John’s) Lawrence is the floor general for the Cougars, and his experience this summer with Great Britain’s national team should serve Lawrence well once he returns to the States. Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game for the Cougars last season, and he’ll be a key contributor in Doug Wojcik’s first season as head coach. As for Harrison, he was right there with first round draft pick Maurice Harkless in what was a tough 2011-12 season for the undermanned Red Storm. Harrison averaged 17.0 points per game, and a large recruiting class should help him shoulder the load down the line. But they’re young, meaning that early on Harrison may still have to do the heavy lifting. It will be tough to pick a winner in the Charleston Classic | CollegeBasketballTalk

3-point shot: UNLV set to file Smith appeal

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?

JE: Some of Mike Dunlap's biggest strengths were as a tactician and a player developer. How do you...

JE: Some of Mike Dunlap's biggest strengths were as a tactician and a player developer. How do you think Coach [Frank] Allocco will do in those areas? JM: I don't think I've ever met a man who works harder than him. He doesn't sleep, I swear. He's always up watching film, trying to figure out how to put players in a position to succeed. I think he'll bring that to the table. ... I know at De La Salle he has developed quite a program, and to be honest we didn't have the most talented team any year. We beat teams we had no business being in the same gym with. That came from developing players who came in and worked hard. That was his big thing was we were going to outwork everybody. We were going to beat you through playing harder and being more skilled than you. He had players who had no business being on the court with these big-time D-I guys and he kicked their butts up and down the floor.

From Yahoo! Sports' interview with one of Frank Allocco's former players who has gone on to play in college: De La Salle coach could be good fit on Steve Lavin’s staff at St. John’s | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog - Yahoo! Sports

Having already locked up a strong recruiting class for 2012, Lavin is apparently not done. St....

Having already locked up a strong recruiting class for 2012, Lavin is apparently not done. St. John’s this week is hosting Christian Jones, a 6-foot-8 2012 power forward from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies who played for their post-graduate team last year.

Even though he was in Cali, Lavin has one more scholly to use, and a big man visiting: On Draft Day, Lavin Is Still Recruiting
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