It's a month into the season, and players are starting to emerge - or re-emerge - as budding stars. St. John's men's and women's teams both had a player honored by the Big East on Monday, while God`sGift Achiuwa received a nomination for a community service award.
On the men's side, guard D`Angelo Harrison earned a spot on the Big East Conference Honor Roll for the first time this season. The preseason All-Big East First-Team selection averaged just under 20 points per game in three matches last week, two wins over Longwood and Georgia Tech and a loss to Penn State.
Harrison bounced back after a relative lull of a week against Bucknell and Monmouth to hit timely shots against Penn State and Longwood, and to power the Red Storm offense against Georgia Tech when no other player could get offense going.
On the women's side, the the Aaliyah and the Aaliyyah won awards. Freshman guard Aaliyah Lewis was tabbed as the Big East freshman of the week after reaching career highs of 19 points and five steals to help power a comeback against the Harvard Crimson, stealing, scoring and hitting two go-ahead baskets in the middle of the second half.
Aaliyyah Handford, the sophomore guard from Newark, dropped 25 points in the game, and picked up her third straight Big East Honor Roll award.
God`sGift Achiuwa was nominated for the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams (hat tip, St. John's basketball on Twitter). The Good Works award "recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service."
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