A 1,000 point scorer, co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East and a member of this past season's NCAA Tournament team, Sir'Dominic Pointer has accomplished a lot of achievements and goals during his four year career at St. John's. And he added another big time award on Wednesday morning.
The native of Detroit, Michigan was named the winner of the Haggerty Award, for the best player in the metropolitan New York area, for the 2014-15 season over his teammate D'Angelo Harrison.
Pointer, who had a breakout season in the Big East, averaged 13.7 points per game (3rd on the team), 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 blocks while shooting 52 percent from the floor (all career highs). He was fourth in the Big East in rebounding, third in blocks and third in steals while finishing second in the conference in double-doubles. Pointer scored in double figures in 22 games this season, and despite a loss to San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the guard/forward had an outstanding game, 21 points and 10 boards on 56 percent shooting.
The breakout star scored 24 points on three occasions (home against Georgetown, at the Barclays Center against Tulane and at Xavier) with all three leading to critical St. John's victories.
The 6'6" Johnnie was lethal in transition (a one-man fast break at times), was a crowd igniter with his high quality dunks and held a strong presence in the paint defensively alongside Chris Obekpa.
Pointer's athleticism and abilities on the floor wasn't the only reason he deserved this award. His leadership and hard work stuck out, especially when the team started slowly for the second straight season in one of the toughest conferences in college basketball. Pointer helped hold a thin roster together, playing major minutes and helping younger players like Obekpa, Rysheed Jordan and Amar Alibegovic develop both on and off the court.
Pointer also could have easily won Big East Player of the Year as he was one of the main reasons the Red Storm finished in the top half of the Big East for another season.
After graduating in May, this hardworking senior will be looking to improve on his impressive group of accomplishments by shooting for a professional basketball career either in the NBA or overseas.