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St. John's non-conference opponent scouting: NJIT Highlanders

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A preseason look at St. John's opponent NJIT before the season starts.

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Opponent
Date
Friday, November 14
KenPom Ranking
308
KenPom Predicted Win %
96.0%
Location
Home
Venue
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
Time
7:00 p.m.
2013-14 Record
13-16
Key Players
Damon Lynn (5'11" G, So.); Ky Howard (6'3" PG, Jr.); Terrence Smith (6'6" F, Jr.); Tim Coleman (6'5" F, So.)
Key Newcomers
Osa Slayton-Izevbuwa (6'4", wing)
Key Losses
[--none--]

NJIT logoThe lone independent program left in Division 1, NJIT is a school in search of a conference home in the Northeast Conference or America East.

The Highlanders play anyone, anywhere just to fill out their schedule. For example, this season, the second to last game is against Division III Sarah Lawrence, a program that... Well, it's not a sports school by any stretch of the imagination. NJIT also plays three other non-Division I programs, four MEAC programs, along with Michigan and Villanova.

Jim Engels’ teams have had relatively decent seasons recently, bouncing back from a winless season before he arrived to double-digit wins in his last five years.

Last year's team played a fast pace and was competitive on the strength of three-point shooting from freshman gunner Damon Lynn, who hit 96 at a 37% clip.

Ky Howard faced St. John's before as a freshman, and scored four points and five rebounds in 2012. Often undersized, the Highlanders bring in Siberian stretch-four Vlad Shustov who stands 6'10". The Highlanders had a lot of their shots blocked, by the way.