Wednesday, October 17, 2012

St. John's Basketball Picked 10th in Pre-Season

QUEENS, N.Y. (Oct. 17, 2012) – Head coach Steve Lavin, Special Assistant/Advisor Gene Keady, and sophomores Amir Garrett, Phil Greene, D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer were on hand to represent St. John’s at the annual BIG EAST Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day on Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

More than 200 reporters from television and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and websites from around the country were in attendance to interview coaches and players from all 15 BIG EAST squads.

Bolstered by five returning letterwinners and a No. 8 national recruiting class, St. John’s was picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.

The defending BIG EAST Tournament champions and an NCAA Final Four squad a year ago, Louisville was chosen as the unanimous conference favorites. Syracuse, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Georgetown rounded out the top five spots in the poll.

“As one of the youngest teams in the nation, it's not surprising that many preseason polls and publications have St. John's listed between 10th and 15th in the league,” said Lavin. “At St. John's, our goals each season include competing for the BIG EAST Championship and participating in the NCAA Tournament. Most importantly, as a team, we aspire to be playing our best basketball in the month of March.”

A BIG EAST All-Rookie selection last season, Harrison was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team. The guard led all BIG EAST freshmen in scoring last season and ranked third among rookies in the country with 17.0 points per game. Harrison is the first preseason all-conference selection since D.J. Kennedy also earned second team honors in 2010-11. Peyton Siva of Louisville was selected as the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year.

“Our student-athletes represented the University well today at BIG EAST Media Day,” Lavin continued. “Congratulations to D'Angelo [Harrison] for his preseason second team nod as he begins his sophomore campaign.”

Led by returning senior God’sgift Achiuwa and sophomores Garrett, Greene, Harrison and Pointer, the 2012-13 Red Storm squad also features West African guard Felix Balamou, French shooter Marc-Antoine Bourgault, Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch, Harvard transfer Max Hooper, power forward Christian Jones, top 20 Nigerian center Chris Obekpa, 2011-12 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year JaKarr Sampson and Dominican-born JUCO All-American Orlando Sanchez.

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Monday, October 8, 2012 Profile: Russ Smith

Russ Smith 6'0 Louisville PG (Junior)
Born: April, 19th, 1991 (21 years old)
City: Brooklyn, NY
High School: South Kent via Molloy HS (Queens NY)

Pros: Smith is one of the best defensive guards in the country. Setting the Cardinals record for the most steals in a season at 87 last season. Smith impact for the cardinals on the offensive end is just as dangerous. 30points against Kentucky, 19pts vs florida, and 24 pts vs memphis represent a small taste of his talents.

Cons: Like most guards, decision making at times is a negative for smith. His risk taking looks good and bad, depending on the moment. Smith's an aggressive guard who doesn't lack confidence, so it's expected.


Unlike most college basketball players, Russ Smith is immune to off days. His effort is stuck at 100% and is representative of what coach Pitino is about. They say Peyton Siva is Batman and Russ is Robin... Well, some days Smith is batman too.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dwyane Wade leaves Brand Jordan

Dwyane Wade
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Written By: Nathan Blue @nateblueis4real

Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade has parted ways with Brand Jordan. Wade averaged 22.8ppg on his way to winning his second nba title this june. Will not renew his 9.5million dollar a year deal and is reportedly signing with Li-Ning in the next few days.

“I really can’t comment on my new deal yet,” Wade said. “But what I can say is that I did mutually part ways with the Jordan umbrella, with Jordan and Converse, but we have parted ways and I’ll be moving on.”

The Miami Heat are set to visit china in a few days and its expected that's when the announcement will be made. Wade, has been with BrandJordan/Converse since he arrived in 2003. This move is seen as a big money move for Wade as Li-Ning sneakers alone sell between 100-180.00 a pair.

Wade at 30 years old would also become the Biggest Star on Li-Ning roster. Currently or in the past Li-Ning client list included Baron Davis, Shaquille O'Neal, Jose Calderon, Evan Turner, and Hasheem Thabeet.

Wade speaking on his former company said “We had a great three years,” Wade continued, “It’s just at that time. We went our separate ways, but I’m still honored to have represented my favorite player of all time and his brand and the opportunity that I was given. So I’m not disappointed at all.”

Li-Ning had suffered a major loss after the 2008 Olympics and is looking to make a major push back in the american sneaker market.

Red storm Finalizes Schedule

QUEENS, N.Y. – Nineteen home dates, beginning with a second appearance in three years as a part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, highlight the 2012-13 St. John’s men’s basketball schedule. Home games for the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge, the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival and the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival, a trip to the DIRECTV Charleston Classic and a challenging BIG EAST slate are also included in what will amount to an exciting season for the Red Storm on the hardwood.

In all, St. John’s could play 19 regular season games against teams that participated in the postseason in 2011-12 (NCAA – Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Detroit, Georgetown, Louisville, Murray State, Marquette, Notre Dame, Syracuse, UNC Asheville, USF; NIT – Dayton, Seton Hall; CBI – Pitt, San Francisco). The Red Storm headed into last season facing 17 such matchups.

“Our young team will face another challenging schedule,” said head coach Steve Lavin. “In addition to rigorous BIG EAST matchups, we will be facing a highly-competitive field down in Charleston, and playing host to tough foes at The Garden, at Carnesecca Arena and at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Our non-conference slate gives our fans in New York opportunities to come out and support the Johnnies in whatever backyard they call their own.”

The Red Storm will appear on national television as many as 16 times during the regular season, with additional broadcast information still forthcoming. For the second time since 1998, all 2012-13 home games at Carnesecca Arena and The Garden will be produced live for national or regional broadcast platforms, some courtesy of the St. John’s Television Network (STJ-TV)

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NBA Rookie of the Year Candidates

Written By: Nathan Blue @nateblueis4real

The draft picks are done, the summer league has past. The pre-season is upon us and the season is less than a month away.

Who are the top rookies that will emerge as lead candidates for the NBA 2012/13 Rookie of the Year? Well, I put them in order. Enjoy

Top 7 NBA Rookie of the Year Candidates 2012/13

1. Damian Lillard 6'3 PG Blazers- Lillard is a dynamic guard that put on a show in the Las Vegas Summer League avg 26.5ppg 5rpg, and 4apg. Nuff said

2. Maurice Harkless 6'8 SF Magic- Harkless at 19 years will be leaning on veterans Nelson, Hedo, and Al Harrington to provide stability.  The most talented player in this draft, Harkless is expected to play mid november after having surgery for a sports hernia he sustained in June.  Orlando is in transition stage and Harkless will see plenty of minutes early.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6'7 SF Bobcats- Kidd-Gilchrist is a competitive player. MKG will get plenty of minutes for Mike Dunlap's Bobcats this season. Gilchrist is a very effective player and will earn respect throughout the league this year.

4. Dion Waiters 6'4 SG Cavs- Waiters is ready. The syracuse sixth man and #4 pick in the NBA draft, is ready to dominate. Irving, Thompson, Samuels, and others will allow Irving to play some sg. Waiters is a capable defender as well.

5. Anthony Davis 6'10 C Hornets- Davis coming off an Olympic Gold Medal. Will be using all of that experience from a national championship and playing alongside the best players in todays game. I don't know if he's going to clearly be the rookie of the year, but he could be.  

6. Terrence Ross 6'7 SG Raptors- Ross will have the green light this season. Playing alongside Kyle Lowery and Demar Derozan north of the border. Ross development this season, will be huge to the raptors playoff chances.

Austin Rivers
7. Austin Rivers 6'5 SG Hornets- Rivers game is best suited for the nba. Rivers will learn a few tricks from Eric Gordon, that'll keep him on the upward path this season.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Real Scout Profile: Myck Kabango (plus video)

Myck Kabango 5'11 Texas (Soph)
Born: Jan 20th, 1992 (20years old)
City: Toronto, Canada
High School: Findlay Prep

Pros: Kabango was a Mcdoanld's All-American that showed "glimpses" last season of his potential. He's a tough minded player who believes in his own ability to take over a game. He's a capable three point threat and a penetrating point man.

His confidence is a little overboard and leads him to take alot of ill advised shots on the offensive end. He needs to bulk up to become a better defender. He averaged a little under 9ppg and looked very un-athletic a majority of the season.


Kabango was a talented player in high school. He's not a athletic guard and his thought process is selfish. There's a thin line between love and hate.. On any given day, Kabango slips onto either side.