St. John’s adds JuCo star, assistant coach
by Bryan Fonseca
May 14, 2019 | 954 views | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Thursday, junior college forward Damien Sears announced his commitment to the St. John’s men’s basketball program, making him the second roster addition under the Mike Anderson era.

Joining point guard John McGriff as the newest Johnnies on the roster, the 6-foot-7 Sears played his junior college ball at Western Oklahoma State College, where he played the power forward spot.

Adding needed size to the St. John’s roster, Sears is coming off a campaign where he averaged 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.6 percent from the field as a sophomore.

Sears previously played at Jacksonville University during his redshirt freshman season in 2017-18, where he averaged 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16 games, making six starts.

“I would like to thank my mother, sister, my pops and coach Greg for always being there and making sure I kept my head up high even when I wanted to lower it,” said the Haughton, Louisiana, native, who played his high school ball at Evelyn Mack Academy.

“I would like to give a special thanks to all the people who said I would never amount to anything and could never play at the next level again,” he added.

Lamar University and Grambling University also had interest in Sears.

About 24 hours later, St. John’s formally announced the addition of Van Macon to the coaching staff. Macon joins coach Anderson and assistant TJ Cleveland in ushering the new era of St. John’s basketball.

“I’m thrilled to be able to return to New York and join the staff of Coach Anderson, who I’ve known and admired for many years,” said Macon. “I’m excited to hit the ground running and help New York’s team reach the highest levels of the college game.”

Macon, a Long Island native, was an associate head coach at Saint Louis University, and also worked with Rutgers and Hofstra under Mike Rice, Eddie Jordan and Tom Pecora, respectively.

“Van Macon has long been recognized as one of the college game’s most effective and gifted assistant coaches,” said Anderson. “I look forward to having him on board as we build this St. John’s roster for sustained success in the future.”

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