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Roundup: Big East honors for Heron, Tianna England, Mack decides, polls

The Big East got no love from the poll makers, but Mustapha Heron and Cam Mack did

Wendell Cruz

Before St. John’s tips off at 7 PM to play Cal for a berth to the Legends Classic Championship game tonight, and before the St. John’s women head to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam, where they will face Purdue (Thursday) and UConn (Friday)...


Mustapha Heron was named to this week’s Big East Honor Roll, his first weekly award as a member of the Red Storm. He is averaging 23 points and six rebounds per game. He scored 27 points in the Rutgers game to pull the Johnnies away from the Scarlet Knights while adding a pair of assists.

Heron has elevated his three-point shooting in early going and is the leading scorer for St. John’s.

For the women, point guard Tianna England earned a spot on the Big East Honor roll after handing out 10 assists, scoring eight points and tallying seven steals at Army in a 60-49 win.

Also on the women’s honor roll: Ashton Millender (DePaul) — Player of the Week; Lauren Wasylson (Xavier) — Freshman of the Week; Kelly Jekot (Villanova), Shadeen Samuels (Seton Hall), Tori Schickel (Butler), Dionna White (Georgetown).

Also on the men’s honor roll: Max Strus (DePaul) — Player of the Week; James Akinjo (Georgetown) — Freshman of the Week; Kamar Baldwin (Butler), Jessie Govan (Georgetown), Sam Hauser (Marquette), Alpha Diallo (Providence).

Poll woe!

But as a whole, the Big East has hit a struggle point in the national media. No Big East team is currently ranked in the AP’s weekly poll. Considering the also-receiving-votes crowd, the Big East fared like this:

  • Villanova earned the 29th highest point total (Southern Conference’s Furman, which defeated the Wildcats, were 30th).
  • Butler was 36th,
  • St. John’s was 37th, and
  • Marquette came in at 41.

Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin all entered the poll rankings.

On the women’s side, DePaul (16) and Marquette (22) received spots on the top 25.

Cam Do Recruiting

On the recruiting front: Zach Braziller of the New York Post reports that Cameron Mack, who is visiting St. John’s right now, has committed to join next year’s St. John’s squad. Official word to come later this week.

Ian Steere, who visited earlier this weekend, will make a decision as soon as this week, which would bode well for the forward transferring to St. John’s from North Carolina State. More on both players and their official visits from our piece last week.

Drake Expectations

St. John’s women’s squad has officially signed point guard Unique Drake from South Carolina, a top-100 recruit who averaged 18 points, four assists, five rebounds, and three steals in three years.

The women’s team also signed talented 6’2” twins Emma and Sophia Nolan from Michigan City, IN’s Marquette Catholic HS. A few days ago, the sisters cumulative point total topped 3,000 for their high school career.