The first in our look at preview magazines starts with Street and Smith’s take on St. John’s - out at your local newsstand right now.
In a section where they note that four of the ten Big East head coaches are alumni (the coaches from Butler, Xavier, now Georgetown and of course St. John’s), Street and Smith’s preview notes how strong the Big East continues to be, but this season no team “will begin the season considered among the nation’s upper-crust elite”.
That may be true, with the recruiting hauls coming for Duke, Kentucky and even Arizona, but Villanova has strong talent, veterans and a consistent attack. Xavier comes stocked with returning talent and top-50 freshmen that may not even earn a lot of time.
Enough editorial commentary. Important notes on St. John’s from the Street and Smith’s preview magazine:
- Mullin continues to focus on daily progress, doing the right things, and rebuilding.
- Mullin wants Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett to involve their teammates more. As a whole, the team needs to play unselfishly and move the ball to get good shots.
- Mullin acknowledges the team was very bad at rebounding the ball, andf that overall defense needs to improve.
- Marvin Clark, Justin Simon and
Sidney Wilsonwill help. [Well, obviously not Sidney Wilson now that he has transferred to UConn].
- “If we stay healthy and play the right way, we should take the next step,” Mullin says.
Predicted order of finish
- Seton Hall
- St. John’s
Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
Trevon Bluiett (Xavier)
Marcus Foster (Creighton)
Angel Delgado (Seton Hall)
Kelan Martin (Butler)
Marvin Clark is named to the all-newcomer team, along with Omari Spellman (Villanova), Kaleb Joseph (Creighton, transfer from Syracuse), Marin Maric (grad transfer to DePaul) and Makai Ashton-Langford (Providence’s true freshman, the only one on the list).
Kassoum Yakwe is named to the all-defense team, with Creighton’s Khyri Thomas, Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, Seton Hall’s Ismael Sanogo, and Butler’s Kamar Baldwin.
Do you think the Street & Smith’s writers missed any St. John’s newcomer, all-conference player or defensive player? Is sixth a legitimate finish for St. John’s?