First, let's take a moment and mourn Iona recruit Michael Haynes, a forward who died this week in Chicago, shot over a necklace. (Thanks to Jaden for putting good words to the situation.) Haynes was a friend of St. John's guard Phil Greene, per Greene's Twitter.
Second, today is the Malone Mulhall Charity Basketball game. St. John's Hall of Famer Chris Mullin will coach one of the teams, and a number of former Johnnies and local players will participate. Read more on the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game; tickets are available for the game, with doors opening at 12:30 PM (so get your clothes on and go!). Tim will attend the event at Adelphi University and tweet about the happenings on the @RumbleSBN account. Give the account a follow.
Congratulations to the St. John's baseball and men's lacrosse teams. Both have received Big East 2011-12 Team Academic Excellence Awards for having the highest collective grade-point averages in their respective sports.
Some other stories you may have missed this week:
St. John's basketball recruiting class is complete with the official paperwork received on forward Christian Jones. Is he a possible sleeper? Lavin seems high on him, and Jon Rothstein dubs him so.
At the very least, this eight man class allows the staff to apply pressure, mix and match player combinations, and provide a more sizeable defense in the paint. See the updated St. John's scholarship chart.
A number of the Red Storm players participated in community outreach at the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen in Bed-Stuy yesterday, including JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa.
We know the Red Storm's non-conference opponents, except for the details of the Chalreston Classic - the Red Storm's non-conference tournament this fall. Now we know the first game will be against host, the College of Charleston. Charleston has some talented players at guard and at center, and experienced coach Doug Wojcik at the helm. The Johnnies' second game will be against mid-major darlings Murray State or the Auburn Tigers. The tournament looks to sneaky-good - not big names, but teams ready to break out.
The NBA Dream continues...
See how former Johnnies Dwight Hardy, D.J. Kennedy, Moe Harkless, Lamont Hamilton, Paris Horne, Justin Burrell, and Justin Brownlee did in the NBA Summer League as they try to get noticed by the highest basketball leagues. The post also includes, where available, where the players are scheduled to sign in Europe. Hardy may be moving up a league, for example.
Maurice Harkless has signed his first NBA contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, likely falling in line with the rookie pay scale.