Friday's Red Storm Tip-Off saw Phil Greene IV win the dunk contest, the unveiling of a set of new players for both the men and the women, a number of recruits in the building and a lot of fun for the fans - treated to dunks, a DJ set, along with rapper French Montana.
There is a lot of excitement for a team that lost two major contributors to (possibly) the NBA, but there may be reasons for optimism, given the talent remaining on the team.
All photos in the gallery by Wendell Cruz. Thanks to Troy Mauriello and Leo Soto for covering Tip-Off.
Video highlights by DJ Zeke
St. John's head coach Steve Lavin on bringing a championship back to Queens - and a serious note on how St. John's is proud to be involved with the President's campaign against sexual violence on college campuses (called "It's On Us." SB Nation, by the way, is also participating in the campaign).