After leading the Red Storm to an undefeated week with a win over No. 16/17 Arizona in San Francisco, LJ Figueroa has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor for the second straight week.
Figueroa’s selection to the five-person honor roll came on the heels of a banner week for the conference. Beginning with Seton Hall’s win over No. 7 Maryland on Thursday night in Newark, the league went 11-0 with eight of those wins coming against schools from power conferences. St. John’s win over Arizona was one of three ranked wins for the league, as the Pirates took down the Terps and Villanova knocked off No. 1 Kansas in Philadelphia. The league also wrapped the inaugural BIG EAST/Big 12 Battle with a record of 8-2.
Figueroa averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals during the Red Storm’s 2-0 week. He also dished out four assists while surrendering no turnovers and recording a pair of blocks.
On Wednesday night against UAlbany, Figueroa narrowly missed becoming the fifth Johnnie in double figures, finishing the game with nine points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a pair of blocks in a 28-point victory for the Red Storm.
A few days later in The City by the Bay, Figueroa set the tone early in the Red Storm’s signature win of the season so far. He scored 16 of his team-high 21 points in the first half, helping the Johnnies jump out to a 14-point lead on Arizona at the intermission. Figueroa also collected four rebounds and swiped three steals.
Figueroa recorded both of these efforts despite drawing top billing on opposing scouting reports, as Mustapha Heron missed both contests with a sprained right ankle. Heron is still considered day-to-day.
Figueroa, a native of Lawrence, Mass., leads the team and ranks ninth in the conference with 15.5 points per game. He is also part of a three-way tie for the league lead in steals per game, averaging 2.1 thefts per outing at the end of non-conference play.
The Red Storm will return to action on New Year’s Eve with its second straight ranked opponent, welcoming No. 17/16 Butler to Carnesecca Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Tickets are available for the special low price of $20.20 by visiting RedStormTix.com and using the promo code “2020.”