At St. John's, it's always something else.
St. John's sophomore guard D`Angelo Harrison has been suspended for the rest of this season for conduct detrimental to the team, the school confirmed on Friday morning.
Harrison is the team's leading scorer and third in the Big East with 17.8 points per game, but has struggled in recent weeks. A 6-point, 1-for-12 shooting performance against Pittsburgh last Sunday was as disappointing as they come.
Yet Harrison will not get an opportunity for redemption this Saturday when the Johnnies travel to Providence as Lavin and his staff have made the decision to shelf their star guard the remainder of the year despite the team still fighting for an NCAA Tournament selection.
Harrison and Lavin have been at odds all year, which first became evident when the sophomore was benched for a preseason exhibition game for failing to meet his coach's expectations. He was expected to be the leader of Lavin's youngest team in his career. Harrison never met him halfway.
According to a report from Lenn Robbins of the New York Post, Harrison plans to meet with family to decide if he will ultimately return to St. John's next year for his junior season.
"I had a productive meeting with D`Angelo yesterday," Lavin mentioned in a statement. "He has a bright future in basketball and I'm optimistic his time away from our team will be of value."
St. John's (16-11, 8-7 Big East) is still hopeful for an invitation to the NCAA Tournament later this month, but needs to get there by winning games. Without Harrison, the team's most lethal scorer, the Red Storm's chances of getting to its second Big Dance in three seasons has diminished greatly.