With new St. John's head coach Chris Mullin and his staff putting the finishing touches on a roster that will look completely different from last year's team under Steve Lavin, some of Lavin's old stars are now getting their shot in the professional ranks.
The Las Vegas portion of the 2015 NBA Summer League kicked off last Friday night, with Sir`Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV, and D.J. Kennedy all making appearances for their respective teams so far.
Whether or not any of them will end up on an NBA roster when the season begins this fall remains to be seen, but how they perform in Las Vegas for these few games should be one of the main deciding factors to that question. So how have these recent St. John's stars been playing over the past few days?
Sir`Dominic Pointer- Cleveland Cavaliers
Pointer was selected in the second round of last June's NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 53rd overall pick. He made his way to the Cavs Summer League along with notable college stars such as Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse, Quinn Cook of Duke, and Joe Harris of Virginia.
So far through three games it seems as though Pointer picked up right where he left off at St. John's, as he's done a little bit of everything for Cleveland with 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and one assist in an even 18 minutes per game.
Pointer has started all three games that Cleveland has played so far, and he's shot an impressive 8-13 (62%) from the field in those three games. He was also an integral part of the Cavaliers overtime victory against Milwaukee yesterday, as he made a nice move to the basket for a layup to tie the game at 87 in the closing seconds of regulation.
Having already finished their preliminary round of games, the Cavaliers will now have a first-round playoff on their schedule tomorrow.
Phil Greene IV- Toronto Raptors
Greene worked out for a handful of teams leading up to last month's draft, leading some to believe that he had a slight chance of being selected late in the second round. However it was not to be for the four-year starter at St. John's, and he ended up signing a deal to play for the Toronto Raptors this summer.
Greene appeared in two of the three games that Toronto played over the past few days, playing just 19 total minutes and scoring only two points.
He has shot just 1-7 from the floor so far, including 0-4 from 3-point range. Although he will get at least one more chance to showcase his skills for the Raptors this summer, Greene will need to step up his play if he wants to have any shot at sticking with the organization this season.
D. J. Kennedy- Houston Rockets
Kennedy, who finished up his St. John's career in 2011, has bounced around in the NBA D-League and overseas since then, but he landed with the Houston Rockets for this Summer League season and has so far made the most of the opportunity.
Kennedy has started all three of Houston's games so far, ranking second on the team with 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, tied for third with 2.3 assists per game, and he leads the Rockets with three steals per game. He scored a team-high 21 points in a 108-89 victory over Phoenix on Sunday.
Still only 25 years-old, the door likely has not yet shut on Kennedy's NBA chances. After a knee injury at the end of his St. John's career caused him to go undrafted in 2011, Kennedy played in two games with the Cavaliers that season, but has yet to make it back to the association since.
However if he keeps this play up, it would not be crazy to think he'll be in line for at least a D-League contract this season.
D`Angelo Harrison signs overseas
Although he was originally expected to join fellow Johnnie D.J. Kennedy with the Houston Rockets in the Summer League, Harrison instead has opted to take his game overseas and play professionally in Turkey next season.
Not much is known about the details of this development, however Harrison tweeted out a confirmation on Friday that he would be playing overseas.
Will be taking my talents to Turkey... My first professional job as a basketball player God is GOOD!! Will be back better than ever!!— Dangelo Harrison (@DangeloHarrison) July 10, 2015
Be sure to visit Rumble In The Garden throughout the summer as we continue to highlight any developments in the professional careers of these former St. John's standouts.