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Afternoon Rumble: men's hoops has "best backcourt", women's soccer is winning, Efianayi's decision timetable

Goalkeeper Diana Poulin wins accolades from the Big East.

Khadim Ndiaye battles in the paint vs San Francisco.
Khadim Ndiaye battles in the paint vs San Francisco.
John Alber

Happy Monday!

Rumble tiny iconAlong with raising money for pediatric cancer with Dribble for the Cure this weekend, the Red Storm also found time to drop some quotes to the New York Post.

Phil Greene IV... was asked if the Johnnies have the best backcourt in the Big East.

"The country," he said emphatically during St. John’s Dribble for the Cure cancer fundraiser event on campus Saturday afternoon. "You see it every day in practice. We compete at a high level…Versatile. Each of us brings different skills to the game and to our team. That’s what makes us such a deep backcourt."

Rumble tiny iconOther notes from Zach Braziller at the Dribble for the Cure event, from Twitter:

  • St. John's people talked up Adonis Delarosa without prompting.
  • 2016 guard Sterling Gibbs received an offer from St. John's on his unofficial visit.
  • Khadim Ndiaye, who started one game last season at Georgetown, is now on scholarship for his senior year.

Rumble tiny iconBad hoops news, or at least a delay: Tanksley Efianayi will set up more visits and decide after the season. Which means that the player who said he could "commit at any time" didn't hear what he needed to hear, or feels that he has potential enough to break out this season.

Or he, like many other players, want to make sure that the coach he is committing to will be in the same place after the season - many players thought they were committing to a coach - like Marquette's recruiting haul this year - but found themselves writhing out of their commitment when said coach chooses to leave.

Rumble tiny iconOn the soccer pitch, goalkeeper Diana Poulin, who starred as a freshman last year, had a rough start to the season. But last week, she kept two clean sheets and earned the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The Red Storm women's soccer team have kept opponents scoreless for three straight contests and started Big East play 2-0.

On the other tracks

Longread of the Day --> "Should Airplanes be Flying Themselves?" Looking back at the Air France crash of the plane traveling from Brazil to France in 2009 and how automation, in that case was deadly. (Vanity Fair)

Filling the (budget) hole --> The State of Kansas is auctioning off sex toys seized from a company that avoided its tax bills. Some say "positive windfall", others say "Kansas wouldn't be selling vibrators if Governor Brownback didn't create a massive budget deficit." (Topeka Courier-Journal, h/t Boing Boing)

Be motivated! --> Is there a correlation/ link between curiosity, memory and motivation? The suggestion is that if the link exists, stimulating curiosity could be a way to help seniors and others with memory disorders learn and hold on to new memories. (Pacific Standard)