The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association named St. John’s junior guard D’Angelo Harrison the New York City collegiate basketball player of the year on Tuesday. Harrison will receive the 2014 Haggerty Award – named for St. John’s basketball and baseball standout Lieutenant Frank C. Haggerty, who was killed during military service in World War II – at the 81st annual NIT/MBWA All-Met College Basketball Awards Dinner on Tuesday evening in Westchester, N.Y.
The 2014 honor marks the 25th time a student-athlete from St. John’s has won the Haggerty Award. The last Red Storm team member to earn the nod was Marcus Hatten in 2002.
“D’Angelo has put in the work and it paid dividends all season long,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “His performance on the court and leadership of the team have been outstanding and will serve as a catalyst for his senior season. Dee is most deserving of the Haggerty Award and All-Met honors.”
“The award is special to me for a few reasons,” said Harrison. “One, because it’s named after the great Frank Haggerty, who was a St. John’s basketball and baseball star who died during World War II. I am humbled to accept this award in Lieutenant Haggerty’s memory. This is also a great honor because even though St. John’s players have received this award the most throughout history, a St. John’s player hasn’t been honored with this award since 2002. I am grateful to be able to bring this back to our campus and represent so many who have come before me.”
The 20th All-BIG EAST First Team selection in St. John’s history following an outstanding 2013-14 season, Harrison became the 48th Red Storm player to reach the 1,000-point plateau a year ago (eighth-fastest, 57 games). Harrison is now 10th in St. John’s history with 1,601 career points, only 327 from surpassing Felipe Lopez and the all-time top three (third, 1,927 points, 1995-98).
Harrison finished fourth in the BIG EAST, and tied for 106th nationally, with a 17.5 points per game scoring average in 2013-14. He finished fourth in the conference with an 86.1 percent mark at the free throw line, his 1.9 3-point field goals per game tied for 10th, his .370 success rate from long-range ranked 15th and his 4.9 rebounds tied for 20th. The rising senior is now St. John’s all-time career 3-point leader with a record of 198, as he surpassed former leader Willie Shaw on Dec. 21 of this season.
Harrison was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor roll six times in 2013-14 and now owns 15 weekly BIG EAST honors for his career. The sharpshooter was a first-time BIG EAST Player of the Week on Dec. 23 and an Honor Roll section on Dec. 2, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 9 this past season. He was a six-time honoree as a sophomore in 2012-13 after earning one BIG EAST Rookie of the Week selection and one Honor Roll nod as a freshman in 2011-12.
Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson was also honored, with an All-Met second team mention. The 2012-13 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year announced on March 24 that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
A 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, Sampson averaged 12.8 ppg (17th in the BIG EAST) and was the Red Storm’s leader in rebounding (6.1 rpg, tied for seventh in the league) as a sophomore in 2013-14. His season field goal percentage of .495 was ninth among all BIG EAST players and 95th nationally. He led St. John’s in scoring six times and in rebounding on 11 occasions.
Sampson’s career high in scoring came with a 23-point effort via a career-best 11-of-15 field goals in a 77-52 victory over Butler at The Garden (Feb. 18). He fired at a 52.2 percent clip from the floor in St. John’s final 17 games of the 2013-14 season (11-6 record), while averaging 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, and helping the Red Storm complete its climb into a tie for third in the BIG EAST regular season standings.
Sampson completed his Red Storm career with 915 points and 420 rebounds in 66 games with 65 starts, averaging 13.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest. He averaged 30.3 minutes per outing and connected at a 46.9 percent clip from the field (383-of-816). Sampson’s squads made NIT appearances in 2013 and 2014, where he averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg across three contests.