D'Angelo Harrison has not met Lavin's expectations, benched for final exhibition

Patrick McDermott

The guard who has been expected to lead the young Red Storm is benched for Tuesday's exhibition against Concordia.

Four St. John's players unexpectedly sat out of Saturday's exhibition win over Sonoma State. On Tuesday, yet another Johnny will watch from the sidelines.

But this time, it isn't uncertainties about eligibility, class status, or a possible redshirt situation. D`Angelo Harrison, the sophomore guard whose play is essential to the Red Storm's success, has been benched.

Per the team, Harrison has not met coach Steve Lavin's expectations of leadership and maturity. Harrison has been known to allow his emotions dictate his actions at times, but the consequences have never been so severe.

Harrison did not start on Saturday either, but Lavin insisted that it was only due to a "minor team infraction" and that it wouldn't continue.

St. John's star guard and leading returning scorer only scored just 5 points in 14 minutes against Sonoma State, and sat the majority of the second half after committing his fourth personal foul quickly after the halftime intermission.

It is likely that Lavin is just seeking to send a serious message to his centerpiece player in an exhibition against an inferior opponent. But it's obviously not something he would prefer doing.

The Rumble will have more on this story, including words from Lavin himself, after the game.

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