St. John’s Sir’Dominic Pointer (Detroit, Mich.) was selected with the 53rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday by the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Pointer becomes the 59th player in St. John’s history to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first since Maurice Harkeless was picked 15th overall in 2012.
The 50th player in program-history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, Pointer finished with 1,078 points and also concluded his career ranked third in blocks (172) and fifth in steals (200). He is the only player in St. John’s history to rank in the top five in both categories.
Pointer appeared in 130 games, including 78 starts, in four seasons at St. John’s and averaged 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Pointer took home the Haggerty Award, given to New York City’s collegiate player of the year, earned USBWA All-District II honors and second team NABC District 5 accolades to cap a standout senior season with the Red Storm in 2014-15.
A second team All-BIG EAST honoree, Pointer also garnered both BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Most Improved Player accolades. Pointer joined both Mark Jackson (1987) as the only other St. John’s player to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors and Dwight Hardy (2011) as the program’s only other Most Improved Player.
The versatile guard/forward ranked 10th in the league in scoring (13.7) this past season, fourth in rebounding (7.7), third in steals (1.9), third in blocks (2.4), seventh in field goal percentage (.524) and fifth in minutes played (34.6). Pointer also finished second in the league with nine double-doubles.