2009-2010 St. Johns Red Storm Basketball Preview
The St. John’s Red Storm (16- 18 overall, 6- 12 Big East) look ready to make a rather big leap. Last season under head coach Norm Roberts they finished 13th and went to the CBI where they were eliminated in the first round. This season, the Red Storm has the potential to finish a few more ticks up in the Big East and garner an invite to the NIT.
The team notched a rebound margin of plus-3.3, which was sixth in the conference. That was their best ranking in any major statistical category. Rated 13th in scoring offense, averaging 65.9 PPG, and ranked 10th in scoring defense, averaging 67.6 PPG, the differential between the two stats stands at minus-1.7 PPG. The club was also 12th in free throw and field goal percentage and 13th in threes.
The team’s dynamic leader, forward Anthony Mason Jr. (14.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.3 APG), is back for his senior year. Last season, the talented Mason played in just three games, sitting out most of the season due to injury. He’s healthy, back and ready to take this team to the next level. Also in the frontcourt are three juniors, Rob Thomas (6.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.1 APG), Justin Burrell (9.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.8 APG) and Sean Evans (10.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 0.6 APG); all three of these players showed fine progress last year and are ready to step up.
Junior point guard Malik Boothe (6.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.4 APG), who showed signs of fatigue last year, will get help from freshman Malik Stith. Sophomore wing Quincy Roberts (5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.1 APG) offers points from the perimeter and Paris Horne (14.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.2 APG) is a sharp shooter from beyond the arc. Also in the backcourt, you’ll find some other new guys, including junior college transfer Dwight Hardy and freshman Omari Lawrence.
This is a team ready to make its move. All of the pieces seem to be in place for a fine season, including an experienced club that has depth and developing talent. There are also some fine rookies and transfers on hand who can play immediately. The St. John’s Red Storm could finish as high as tenth in the competitive Big East; however an 11th place finish is more likely. A trip to the NIT seems to be in order. Next season? Who knows?