They come from different corners of the world and have stayed at St John’s University for four years, through the good times and the bad they have stood tall and played for the Red Storm like the warriors they are.
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 Five Seniors will band together with their teammates, all brothers and all playing for one goal-going to the NCAA Tournament.
This group of Seniors has done it all, made milestones, played at Madison Square Garden, been through tests and tribulations and now every single lesson they have learned come down to three games in the Red Storm regular season.
Starting with the game at MSG against longtime rival Georgetown, as the Five Seniors that have reignited a passion and love for a St. John’s program will be honored. After the emotion the team needs to somehow focus on taking on a team that is also looking to punch their own ticket to the big dance.
For the Red Storm (19-9, 8-7 BE) they have gone 5-1 in the last six games, while going 9-2 in the last 11 BIG EAST regular-season games at MSG. Have owed a lot to D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene IV, Jamal Branch and Khadim Ndiaye who have all in their own way contributed to the success of the team.
These five young men will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony beginning at the 20 minute mark on the pregame clock. Greene IV and Pointer are expected to make their 126th career appearances for St John’s, tying for the 11th most games played in the program history. D’Angelo Harrison has started 115-of-120 games for the Red Storm, while also playing 4,146 minutes (34.5 per game) for St John’s.
Branch transferred to St John’s in 2012-13 and has started 31 of 75 career appearances, while Ndiaye, a Queens product who attended Christ The King High School, has played 20 games for the Red Storm.
Harrison, Greene IV and Pointer were the first class ever recruited by Head Coach Steve Lavin. Harrison became one of three 2,000-point scorers in St John’s history, while Greene and Pointer each joined the 1,000-point club. As the trio have combined for 4,000 points, while each contributing to some big plays and moments during the course of the season.
For Georgetown they are a team that has won three-straight games, while also beating St John’s by a final of 79-57 in the last meeting.
The Hoyas (18-8, 10-5 BE) are currently ranked second in the BIG EAST in holding conference opponents to 64.0 points-per-game, while also leading the conference in limiting teams to a 39.5 field-goal shooting percentage in league games.
D’Vanutes Smith-Rivera has averaged 16.1 points in BIG EAST games, which is the seventh-highest scoring average in the league. Georgetown has the second largest rebounding margin (+4.1) in the BIG EAST, leading the way is Joshua Smith with 6.3 rebounds-per-contest.
The stakes are high and the emotions will be even higher at the World’s Most Famous Arena, with the game to be aired on the CBS Network eyes around the world will see what the fate of this Senior Group will be. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon, but fans are encouraged to get their early for the Senior Day Ceremony.
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following video from a press conference held by St John’s University on 2/26:
St John’s University Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes:
D’Angelo Harrison, Sir’Dominic Pointer and Phil Greene IV:
St John’s University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Lavin:
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