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Takeaway: the St. John's season is over, questions about the future begin

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An ode to the seniors, and a beginning of the offseason discussions.

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They played hard and they played undermanned. But it wasn't enough against one of the nation's best defenses, and St. John's fell in the NCAA Tournament to San Diego State, 76-64.

For the seniors, there's no more next season, no more college offseasons.

No more chances to surge.

No more tip offs at Madison Square Garden.

No more #UnfinishedBusiness.

It's an emotional time for them - and for the fans who watched this team play a six man rotation, as selfish decisions, ineligibility and perhaps some poor planning left the young team decimated.

And those seniors - D`Angelo Harrison, Sir`Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV and Jamal Branch, who came during that freshman year of 2011-2012 - finish their careers as a six man rotation, as selfish decisions, ineligibility and perhaps some poor planning left the veteran team decimated in the NCAA Tournament.

The players were good young men, friends and supporters to each other, despite the fact that they were all guards, playing the same position with only so many minutes and shots to go around. That's a credit to their character and to the coaching staff for holding the team together.

Kudos to a St. John's team that overcame adversity to come together and form a unit that was once ranked #15 in the nation.

Yes, that team was feasting on easier opponents, and struggled in the middle of the season, losing to the likes of DePaul and Creighton, but the team came together and got just enough wins to make it into the NCAA tournament.

Filled with seniors, the Red Storm put out an unconventional lineup that seemed like it would be oversized, but became a strong fast - breaking squad led by Sir Dominic Pointer's ability to rebound well enough and leave the break in transition. Of course the St. John's scoring starts with D'Angelo Harrison, but one of the best parts of this year was that the Johnny's found a way to get scoring from other players when Harrison was covered tightly.

A fifth-place finish in the Big East earned the Johnnies a chance at the NCAA tournament.

It was a very good year, one we will recap in the coming weeks.

Again, the seniors deserve our kudos.

But what happens next to the program they leave behind, now that their four years are over? It's hard to say; most of the roster, the scoring, the rebounding and stars of this team leave after this year. Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa are candidates to leave early as well.

And there are questions about whether Steve Lavin will return to St. John's as well, with the school saying that they will evaluate him after the season.

The off-season could be filled with flux.

There are three recruits verbally committed for next year, but only one, Philly guard Samir Doughty, is signed for next season. Top-50 guard Brandon Sampson is committed, as is Arizona guard Sammy Barnes-Thompkins.

Lavin is recruiting a number of international players, including Italian guard Federico Mussini and Greek center Georgios Papagiannis and guard Thomas Akyazili. And he's been recruiting Chicago guard Marcus LoVett, some JUCO players, and should be in the hunt for some Division I transfers.

Lavin's ability to put together a class at the last minute - as he did in 2012 and last season - means the cupboard won't necessarily be bare next season. But the chance to sign a class as strong as the 2011 class - the remnants of which are the senior who just played their last for St John's - has long since passed.

It's going to be a huge offseason, Stay tuned - we'll talk pros and cons, and be covering the future all spring and summer.