Sunday, February 8, 2009

Breaking Down the Johnnies

Name: St John's

Nickname: Red Storm

Location: Queens, NY

Record versus Cards: 3-6

Head Coach: Norm Roberts (5th season)

This season: 12-10 overall (3-7 Big East)

Guard - Malik Boothe - Sophomore - 5'9 180 #3

The man that makes this young team go. The Red Storm were 2-7 while Boothe was injured, compared to 10-3 with him this season. A pass-first point guard, true floor general, that is lightning-quick and bulldog strong on both ends of the floor. Is not a threat to shoot the ball, but can score. Averaging an impressive 8.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds a game. Not bad for a guy 5'9.

Guard - Paris Horne - Sophomore - 6'3 185 #23

OK, first off the guy is from Delaware....yea....Delaware. Now I got my Wayne's World out of the way, Horne has been on fire. He can be a game-changing scorer who loves to take it to the rim. Is averaging 20 points a game over the last five games, including dropping 27 on Rutgers. A game (Rutgers) were Horne went 12 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 4 from deep. Is a slasher who possesses the ability to score in transition and can also knock down the mid-range shot.

Forward - Justin Burrell - Sophomre - 6'8 240 #24

Is averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds a game this season, coming off a Freshman season that earned him BIG EAST All-Rookie honors. Can score in the post and has a good touch on his mid-range jumper. Put up 18 points in a win over Notre Dame. Does struggle defensively. Has a tendency to get into foul trouble.

Forward - D.J. Kennedy - Sophomore - 6'6 210 #1

The best overall player on this young St. John's team. A poor mans Terrence Williams, putting up 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists a game. A versatile athlete, who does a great job of getting to the free throw line, where he is shooting a solid 70%.

Forward - Sean Evans - Sophomore - 6'8 250 #5

A strong combo forward who can face-up or post-up on the offensive end. Has recorded 5 double doubles this season. Had a 11 point and 10 rebound effort in a win over South Florida and 10 points in 9 rebounds in the Red Storms last game against Seton Hall (a loss).

Breaking down the Redmen...uh, I mean the Red Storm - They may not be the Fab Five of Michigan but Norm Roberts does have a roster that starts all 5 Sophomores and uses 2 other Sophomores (Dele Coker and Rob Thomas) and a Freshman(Quincy Roberts) primarily off the bench. There are a total of 9 Sophomores on the roster. Injured gun Anthony Mason JR being the only Senior or even upperclassmen that got minutes on this team is of course out for the season but will be redshirted and most likely be back next season. That scares me...this team isn't as bad as their record shows. They can play, especially with the return of their point guard Malik Boothe. Kennedy and Horne do a great job of spreading the wings Boothe running the break. Evans and Burrell are both slightly undersized but can hold their own. Thomas (Rob) and Roberts (Quincy) both offer a scoring punch of the bench, each are averaging 6 points a game. Paris Horne (my opinion their best player) is the only threat that St John's has from deep and he still isn't the best (shooting 37%).

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