St. John's is headed back to Brooklyn.
The Red Storm announced on Saturday that it is scheduled to participate in the second annual Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn on November 29th and 30th. The two-day tournament features four teams from four of America's major conferences.
The Johnnies will participate in the event along with Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Penn State. Last year's inaugural tournament included a high-profile match between Kentucky and Maryland, and was one of the many successful college basketball events Brooklyn has hosted this season.
"We are pleased to participate in the 2013 Barclays Center Classic. Some of St. John's most prolific players and loyal fans throughout our storied history have roots that trace back to the borough of Brooklyn," Steve Lavin said in a statement.
St. John's played its first game at the newly-opened Barclays Center this past December when the Johnnies handled New York City foe St. Francis in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.
Barclays Center has hosted numerous college basketball events and, of course, the first season of the Brookyln Nets during its first full season in 2012-13. The Atlantic 10 Conference tournament has taken place there this week.
"This event and venue presents a nice way to pay homage to that dimension of our legacy and at the same time challenge ourselves against a competitive tournament field," Lavin continued.
The Barclays Center Classic will coincide with the Barclays Center Women's Invitational on the same days. Rutgers and former St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico's Michigan squad will participate.
The event will mark the Red Storm's fourth early season tournament participation in Lavin's four seasons as head coach. The Johnnies competed at the Great Alaska Shootout, the 2k Sports Classic, and the Charleston Classic in recent years.
St. John's will add the Barclays Center Classic to its developing nonconference schedule for 2013-14, which already includes a Madison Square Garden clash with ACC-bound Syracuse in December. It has yet to be announced whether the Red Storm will continue its series with past opponents Duke or UCLA, or schedule any new opponents.