Coming off a 16-17 (4-14 Big East) campaign last season, the Red Storm, who entered conference play with a 10-2 record, memorably losing 11 consecutive contests in the conference before putting together a monumental few days in which they shocked fourth-ranked Duke at Madison Square Garden on February 3, followed by upsetting a number one-ranked Villanova squad on the road on February 7.
The Red Storm topped out the stretch with two more victories in a row, which gave them a 5-2 record in February after a winless January (0-9).
In the Big East Tournament, the Red Storm upended Georgetown in round one before falling in the quarterfinals for the second straight season, losing this year to Xavier.
The club will open up play against Loyola Maryland on November 6 at Carnesecca Arena, as part of the Legends Classic.
In their non-conference slate, they’ll also face the University of California and the winner of Temple and Virginia Commonwealth University game at Barclays Center from November 19-20 to finish up the annual Legends Classic.
The Red Storm will also face Georgia Tech down in Miami on December 1, host the first of five regular season games at Madison Square Garden on December 9 against Princeton, and face St. Francis Brooklyn on December 19 in Queens.
Big East Play for SJU begins at Seton Hall on December 29. The Red Storm will also play at MSG on January 27 against Georgetown, February 9 against Providence, February 17 versus Villanova and February 23 opposite of Seton Hall.
The regular season concludes after a March 9 road match-up at Xavier, and the Big East Tournament will run from March 13-16 at The Garden.
After entertaining his NBA Draft prospects, Shamorie Ponds not-so-surprisingly returns to lead the Red Storm in what will be his junior, and possibly final, season with the team.
The Brooklyn-born guard, who has led the team in scoring each of the past two years, initially entered the NBA Draft following a sophomore season where he paced the Johnnies with 21.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark II enters his second year with St. John’s, which will serve as his redshirt senior year of basketball. The forward was the Red Storm’s second leading scorer last season at 12.5 points per game, followed by Justin Simon, who added 12.2 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds from the two-guard spot.