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Morning Rumble: Johnnies basketball notes, recruiting notes, baseball

Is St. John's a team about to emerge? Tracking recruits. Baseball notes. All here in the (late) morning Rumble.


Rumble_icon_x-small_copy_medium ESPN has been kind enough to mention the Red Storm on the periphery of their coverage, listing the Johnnies as one of "fifteen others on the cusp" of their early top-25 rankings.

And ESPN's Andy Katz has positive thoughts about next year's St. John's team.

St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is confident about the momentum in the offseason. Lavin listed these facts: Orlando Sanchez got a year of eligibility for next season, they won a close game in the NIT, point guard Rysheed Jordan signed, Jakarr Sampson decided to stay instead of leaving for the NBA, a total of 14 players will return when redshirts and walk-ons are included, and the anticipation that the Red Storm will make a major step forward in the new Big East. The safe picks to push for bids are Marquette, Creighton, Georgetown, Villanova, Butler and Xavier. But St. John’s may be a better pick than Providence if there is going to be a team pushing the above six for a spot in 2014.

Rumble_icon_x-small_copy_mediumSt. John's point guard target Emmanuel Mudiay is on Kentucky's target list; John Calipari even went to visit him last Wednesday, and has been at his EYBL games. Can St. John's beat out Kentucky for a prospect? Where there is no commit, there is hope but... Kentucky interest usually means "what's our plan B, fellas?"

Rumble_icon_x-small_copy_mediumThinking about local talent, Adonis Delarosa made the NY Daily News' All-Queens team.

The 6-10 junior was a dominant inside presence for the Royals all season, but he seemed to flourish during the team’s city title run, where he notched double-doubles in the semifinals and finals while playing stout defense.

And Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington made the all-Brooklyn squad, with Whitehead winning player of the year.

On Whitehead:

Competing against constant double-teams, Whitehead didn’t always dominate, but his presence alone opened up opportunities for his teammates. When he wasn’t scoring, he unselfishly got other players involved, doing whatever was needed of him to win a championship.

And on Carrington:

Carrington was a highlight waiting to happen, able to dominate a game in a variety of ways. The junior southpaw averaged 24.7 points a game, dropping 24 in a losing effort against Christ the King in the city title.

St. John's Baseball

Rumble_icon_x-small_copy_mediumSt. John's baseball improved to 20-25 with a win over Fairfield yesterday. This evening, the Red Storm baseball squad holds senior day festivities with a game against Iona, a game broadcast on ESPN3 at 6 PM.

Seniors Danny Bethea, Jimmy Brennan, Robert Case, Anthony Cervone, Sean Hagan, Sean O'Hare, Pat Talbut, Jerome Werniuk and student manager Steve Sidoti will be honored before the game.