This season, the team will once again lean heavily on the athletic backs of their dynamic backcourt comprised of sophomores Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett.
As a true freshman coming off a 2016 state title with Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, Ponds led the Johnnies with 17.4 points per game, which placed him fifth in the Big East conference.
LoVett, who finished ninth in the Big East, was the team’s second leading scorer at 15.9 points per contest.
Former junior college standout Bashir Ahmed is one of two seniors on the team, and another key returnee. The 6-foot-7 swingman finished last season third in team scoring with 13.4 points, and grabbed a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game.
The hope, locally at least, is that the Red Storm will take a step forward and demonstrate themselves to be one of the more competitive teams in the Big East. This task grew more difficult after the sudden departure of four-star recruit Sidney Wilson, who left St. John’s in late August and subsequently committed to UConn.
As for the remainder of the roster, the Red Storm have 14 players listed, though eligibility will determine who actually suits up on opening night, which is November 10 against the University of New Orleans.
After four consecutive home games to begin their campaign, including a visit from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Red Storm will head to Orlando to take part in the AdvoCare Invitational, where they’ll begin play against Oregon State.
The rest of their non-conference schedule is highlighted by a December 8th game against Arizona State in the Staples Center, and a December 17th match-up against Iona College, which will be St. John’s first of five regular season games held at Madison Square Garden this season.
Big East play tips-off on December 28 against Providence at Carnesecca Arena.
The remaining MSG-held affairs for the Johnnies are against Georgetown, which will mark a homecoming of sorts for new Hoya head coach Patrick Ewing, and Villanova in January, followed by visits from Duke and Seton Hall in February.
The Big East Tournament at MSG will run from March 7 to March 10.