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Greg Williams Scores Career High 26-Points in win vs. Georgetown

Game Recap

I can’t say enough good things about the offensive performance in this one. St. John’s had five guys score double-figures (see box-score) as they put up a strong 94-point performance at Carnesecca Arena. 

Julian Champagnie added the stat sheet stuffing tonight, scoring 20 points, pulling down team highs with 9 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists, and he even chipped in a pair of blocks and steals. His tremendous all around performance is something that we have been getting comfortable with as he has been extremely consistent night in and night out. Vince Cole was back in the starting lineup tonight and he got back in his groove, pouring in 17-points. Posh Alexander and Isaih Moore scored 10 and 12 respectively and made big plays on both sides of the ball for St. John’s all night long. Alexander tallied a team high in steals with three, and that should come as no surprise to anyone.  He continues to wreak havoc on everyone he guards and puts an insane amount of pressure on opposing guards. 

But, while it was a great team performance, Greg Williams Jr. was the story of the night. Greg played a rather flawless offensive game tonight, dropping 26 points on efficient shooting. He has made tremendous growth from year to year in his time at St. John’s and he is only trending upwards. BUY STOCK NOW. 

It’s difficult to score 94-points without absolutely lighting it up from beyond the arc. Tonight St. John’s did just that. The Red Storm hit 13 three-pointers while shooting over 44% from beyond the arc. Greg Williams Jr. and Julian Champagnie banged home 4 three’s a piece and Vince Cole chipped in with 3.Seeing St. John’s shoot the ball well isn’t exactly something we’ve been able to enjoy often over the past few years, but tonight it was a beautiful thing to watch. There is something about playing in Carnesecca that just gives everyone a little extra edge when they are shooting from beyond the arc.

BIG BRAIN ALERT: Personally, I think we should play all of our games at Carnesecca. Then maybe we could get ranked. If we had fans it would be even more of a sure thing, but I am willing to bet that if we played every game at Carnesecca we would be in the top-25. 

Player of the Game

Greg Williams Jr. had a career game tonight.  The junior guard scored a career high 26 points on 4 three-pointers while shooting 58% from the field.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When Greg Williams Jr. plays confidently on offense, he is the best offensive player on this team and one of the top in the conference.  

What impressed me the most tonight about Greg’s game was his ability to score from all three levels.  He converted on tough layups in the paint, banged home triples, and chipped in a team high eight free throws.  

I’m sure number 4 made Greg Williams Sr. very proud tonight.

Play of the Game

This one had a lot of great highlights. But this play got me off my couch. 

Aggressive defense leading to easy offense. Quick passing, getting up the floor fast. This was a textbook fastbreak capped off by a rim rattling slam from Moore coming off a perfect feed from Posh.  

Okay, I couldn’t have just one play of the game so I have to throw this one in too. 

LOOK OUT BELOW!!!!! 

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Toro531001
Champagnie9422120
Cole5301217
Alexander2330310
Williams Jr.3102126
Bench
Moore3001012
Earlington320105
Roberts 010000
Wusu310010
Dunn212013

Gambling Results

The boys came through for us yet again as we cashed in on our ML bets. Shoutout to Killmer’s Crystal Ball for the free money tonight.

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Johnnies Gonna Johnnies

That was brutal. I have no words at this time.

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St. John’s Looks to Bounce Back Tomorrow After Seton Hall Loss

It felt as if we were so close to breaking through and taking the lead in yesterday’s game. All in all, we honestly kept that game much closer than it could’ve been and if we could have figured out a way to limit Sandro Mamukelashvili’s production, we could have won that game. Easier said then done of course, but sometimes when a player of that size also possesses that much skill, you have to tip your cap.

Unfortunately I made a fool of myself tweeting this prior to the game yesterday. For some reason I had this sudden jolt of confidence in our team yesterday afternoon that obviously didn’t manifest. The trolling in quote tweets and replies is well deserved on this one.

Now lets get into the important stuff.

I came out of yesterdays game with a few notes about what I’ve been observing so far:

Julian Continues to Dominate

Julian Champagnie has made massive strides early this season and he isn’t showing any sign of slowing down anytime soon. In the loss last night, Champagnie finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Through four games (missed first few games due to injury) he leads the Big East in scoring, averaging 22.0 PPG. He has added to his offensive game in several ways in comparison to a season ago when he averaged 9.9 PPG. Julian is not afraid to take pull up jumpers and let it fly from beyond the arc this season and is the clear number 1 option for the Johnnies.

Julian’s bread and butter, getting the ball in the post and finishing strong around the rim.

Although I’ve only been able to watch on TV (obviously) it is increasingly clear how much more of a vocal leader Champagnie has become this season. While he is only a sophomore, Julian has played more minutes than any other returning player on this year’s roster. The other guys are looking towards him as a leader and he is rising to the occasion.

Is Posh Taking a Step Back?

No.

I’ve been seeing some people on Twitter concerned about Posh’s recent lack of offensive production and it is extremely pre-mature. After the first handful of games we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves (I know I did) and we have to remember that he is only a freshman. Last night was Posh’s first chance to see what Big East competition looked like. Yes his performance was underwhelming, but let’s not get to ahead of ourselves in the other direction this time. He is currently second in the entire conference in steals per game, which is something for us to be excited about. He is clearly a defensive staple for this team and as he continues to grow throughout this year and in the future, he will take on an enormous offensive role for the Red Storm as well.

The Return of Rah

Rasheem Dunn, we have missed you. In just 16 minutes last night, Dunn recorded 10 points and 3 steals. Dunn’s presence on the court seemingly made everything run smoothly (aside from the final turnover) and he looked confident with the ball in his hands. I loved the way he relentlessly attacked the rim last night and I think his aggressive mindset is going to fair well for him the rest of the way. I would expect Dunn to slide into the starting lineup in the future for either Posh or Vince Cole depending on the matchup.

The best thing about St. John’s current situation is that they have an opportunity to bounce back 48 hours after suffering their loss to Seton Hall. Tomorrow, the Johnnies will take on Georgetown at Capital One Arena.

Georgetown Preview

Last night, St. John’s shot 19% from beyond the arc. NINETEEN PERCENT. That number is unacceptable and shooting that poorly makes it almost impossible to win a game. The fact that they were able to stay in this one until the end while shooting at such a poor clip is a testament to their strong defense. In order to secure their first Big East win against the Hoyas tomorrow, they must shoot better than 19% from deep.

One of of the biggest things I want to see tomorrow is Mike Anderson working to get Rasheem Dunn back to old form, while also getting Posh back to being involved offensively. Rasheem Dunn averaged 11.9 points a year ago, making himself the only returning player who averaged double digit scoring. He can be a catalyst for the offense at times by driving hard to the hoop, getting to the free throw line a bunch, and creating shots for others. Getting Rasheem Dunn back and involved in the offense like he was a year ago will create more opportunities for a guy like Vince Cole to be looking at more open threes.

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What I don’t want to see is Rasheem Dunn coming back and then Posh Alexander becoming invisible offensively. Posh is a talent that we have to continue grooming and he can only grow by getting touches in games. It is vital that he stays heavily involved on offense.

The final key to the game tomorrow is keeping Jamorko Pickett off the boards. The 6-foot-9 senior forward has crashed the glass hard for the Hoyas through their first five games, pulling down 10.0 rebounds per game. Keeping big guys off the boards is something that St. John’s has struggled with in the past. Guys like Marcellus Earlington and Josh Roberts should be getting important minutes tomorrow in order to limit Georgetown’s big men. But let’s be real, they probably both won’t get big minutes and instead we will be watching Toro flop around out there!

What Happened Last Time We Played Georgetown?

The last time we played the Hoyas we beat them in the Big East tournament at MSG on the last day fans were allowed to attend college basketball games. We ended that game on a 23-0 run and the boys had everyone in the arena out of their seat. Marcellus was extremely instrumental throughout this comeback that saw St. John’s winning 75-62. Hopefully we get another performance like this tomorrow.

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Johnnies Avoid Upset vs. Rider

Game Recap

Let’s start this off by saying a win is a win. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but there are a bunch of positives to take away from this one.

Greg Williams picked up the game right where he left off against Stony Brook, banging home a step back three on the Johnnies’ first possession of the game. While it seemed like that was going to be a sign of things to come, it was quite the opposite as the rest of the first half only went downhill from there.

After a shaky first half that saw the Johnnies headed to the locker-room down by a basket, things only got worse to start the second and St. John’s found themselves down by 11.

Then St. John’s began to show a little life.

The comeback was initially led by Marcellus Earlington and Julian Champagnie. Marcellus made his first six field goals of the night and reminded us why he deserves big minutes in important situations. He finished strong around the rim, converted an and-1 and hit an important three in the midst of St. John’s comeback. For Julian, things weren’t working out as well as they had been from beyond the arc, but he made tough plays in the paint all night. He finished with an 18-point double-double and recorded a game high three steals and blocked two shots.

Posh Alexander once again reaked havoc on the defensive side of the court and dished out 8 assists in this one. His game continues to impress me even though he isn’t scoring as much as he did in the opening few games.

Then it was Vince Cole time.

Vince Cole started his hot streak of scoring by hitting a big three point bucket to put an end to a 7-0 Rider run with 6:30 remaining in the game. From here on out he made big shot after big shot to will the Red Storm to victory. He nailed the dagger (see in “play of the game” section) to seal the deal tonight in Queens. He finished with a game high 26 points on 60% shooting.

Play of the Game

ICE COLE

Up by one, 33 seconds left on the clock, Vince Cole rises to the occasion and bangs home the dagger. We had a bunch of flashy fast break plays throughout that ended in highlight slams that could’ve been the play of the game, but none were more important than this three from Vince Cole.

Players of the Game

SJU Barstool Player of the Game: Vince Cole

This one wasn’t even a debate. Vince Cole absolutely turned up down the stretch in this one to help St. John’s avoid an upset against Rider.

Vince Cole is a winner. When the game is on the line he wants the ball in his hands and he wants to be that dude taking the big shot. He scored 12 points in the final three minutes of this one. Vince is the knockdown shooter that we were missing a season ago and he is going to continue to be a key piece for us as we enter Big East play.

Stats: 26 PTS, 7 REB

Box Score

StartersRebASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander381034
Williams Jr.032005
Cole7111126
Champagnie10032118
Moore310026
Bench
Earlington5121116
Toro300021
Wusu250014
McGriff000000
Roberts410002
Caraher100000

Gambling Results

Shoutout Nick Killmer for making us bread tonight. Make sure you stay tuned for all of Nick’s best bets before every game.

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Red Storm Dominate in Win Over Stony Brook

Game Recap

The beginning of the first half had just about anyone watching this game headed for the liquor cabinet as St. John’s made things wayyyyy too interesting at the start of this one. We turned the ball over far too often and we settled for an abundance of bad shots. 

But then the tides turned. You can’t let the Johnnies get hot! The boys absolutely turned it up at the end of the first half. The Red Storm closed the half on a 22-2 run, sparked by tremendous defense and a boatload of steals. The half ended on a smooth buzzer beating three point jumper from Marcellus Earlington, giving the Red Storm all of the momentum heading into the locker room.

Offensively, Julian Champagnie and Greg Williams Jr. shouldered the load this afternoon. They hit three 3’s a piece and combined for 37 points. The two of them played with such confidence all game and it was a beautiful thing to watch. When Greg Williams is in score-first mode, there aren’t many more talented scorers in the Big East. As for Champagnie, he is looking more and more like an NBA talent every game I watch him.

Isaih Moore was also a double figure scorer this afternoon and stuffed the stat sheet, adding 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals to go along with his 12 points.

It’s impossible to write a game recap and not talk about freshman point guard, Posh Alexander. With Posh, it is all about the intangibles. One word to describe Posh Alexander’s game is relentless. His defensive mentality is so impressive. He creates highlights for his teammates through hard nose defense and clean passing. What I’m realizing more and more about him is that his impact will not always show up in the box score, but he brings a special kind of energy every single game that few players can match.

When Posh needed a breather, John McGriff came in and filled the void almost seamlessly. McGriff showed us why he belongs on this team and that he can play a role for St. John’s as we head into the heart of the season. McGriff scored 5 points and dished four dimes in this one.

This game was a big confidence builder for every player as everyone contributed on the scoreboard. All players that saw action got at least one basket in this one.

Play of the Game

The Brooklyn connection! Posh Alexander is too fast, outruns the Stony Brook players to the ball and delivers a ridiculous no-look pass to Julian Champagnie who slammed it home. These two have both had special starts to this season and the craziest part is that their St. John’s careers are only getting started. The future is bright in Queens for these two young studs.

Players of the Game

Greg Williams Jr. and Julian Champagnie really stood out for the Johnnies this afternoon.

Greg Williams Jr. pulled out the entire bag of tricks today on the offensive side as he went for 21 points on three 3-pointers. Normally when someone hits three 3’s and scores 21 points that would be the most impressive part of their performance, but Greg did more than just score today. Williams Jr. made incredible defensive plays all game, tallying a game high SIX steals. Six steals is an insane statistic.

Julian Champagnie continued his hot start to the season, scoring 16 points that included buckets from all three levels. Champagnie showed off his confidence from beyond the arc yet again as he hit three 3-points, shooting 3-6 from deep. He is a special talent and has shown up big for St. John’s in every game he’s played in so far this season.

Box Score

StartersRebASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander144026
Williams Jr.4360121
Cole402050
Champagnie3431316
Moore7331112
Bench
Earlington200004
Toro302027
Wusu140026
McGriff340015
Roberts100006
Caraher010002

Gambling Results

Was there ever a doubt? St. John’s covers the 16.5 point spread this afternoon making us loyal ATS gamblers some money that we can blow on the Chiefs tonight vs. the Broncos.

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St. John’s Holds On For Victory vs. Boston College

HUGE First Half

The first half of this one was all about the Johnnies. After falling behind 20-10 in the first seven minutes of the game, St. John’s turned it up for the rest of the half. Posh Alexander (yet again) caught the eyes of viewers. The rookie has been nothing short of impressive so far this season and the first half of tonight’s game was no different. He scored 7 of the Johnnies first 15 points and tallied 16 total points at the half. Posh showed off his range from beyond the arc, banging home his first two threes as a Johnnie.

After sitting out the first two games do to injury, Julian Champagnie was IN HIS BAG in the first half of this one. He hit all types of jump-shots from mid-rangers to fade-aways and 2 three pointers. Dylan Wusu assisted 5 buckets in the first half and played hard, solid basketball throughout the game. St. John’s went on an 11-3 run between the 8:00 and 5:00 minute mark and then ended the half on a 23-8 run. We have some absolute hoopers on this squad and the first half showed us that. Mike Anderson’s recruits not only play great defense, but they know how to get buckets as well.

Strong Second Half…. And Then a Not So Strong Second Half

The second half was a tale of two different types of Red Storm Basketball. In the second half, Julian really let it be known that he runs the show around here. He opened the half with yet another three pointer. He finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds, earning himself a double-double. Dylan Wusu also had a strong second half. The man is too big and too strong. He added a three pointer in the second half to go along with several other great plays throughout, including a key and one down the stretch. The second half featured a SportsCenter Top-10 caliber play where Greg Williams Jr threw down a ferocious dunk (see Play of the Game). St. John’s grew their lead to 20 points at one point during the second half (75-55), and then decided to make things way too interesting down the stretch. Fortunately they avoided heartbreak after Greg Williams hit a pair of clutch free throws, and Julian Champagnie blocked BC’s final shot. It was too little too late for BC and St. John’s snagged win number three.

Julian Champagnie, Posh Alexander, and Greg Williams Jr. all finished with 17+ points tonight for St. John’s (see box score).

Play of the Game

As if there was any doubt as to what this was going to be.

GREG MOTHERFUCKING WILLIAMS JR. The most bounce in the Big East and maybe the whole country. This was one of those plays that got everyone out of their seat. What a dunk. Sometimes you are simply left speechless after an incredible play and this was one of them. We love you Greg.

Player of the Game

Could’ve went in so many different directions with this award tonight. But one guy really stood out. Tonight’s SJU Barstool Player of the Game: Julian Champagnie

In his first game of the season the sophomore absolutely lit it up from all 3 levels. He looked more confident than I’ve ever seen him and, boy, was it a thing of beauty. It’s clear that Champagnie took it upon himself to take his game to the next level. He scored 29 points in this one and pulled down 10 rebounds. Julian let it be known tonight that he is that dude for SJU and that he is an All-Big East caliber player.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander4441418
Williams Jr.3621117
Cole201028
Moore710107
Roberts110002
Bench
Champagnie10110229
Earlington511116
Toro210000
Wusu161049
McGriff100001
Caraher000000

Gambling Results

Welp, didn’t see this one coming. But hey, even if you lost your bet, the Johnnies got the dub and that’s what matters at the end of the day. Should’ve known better and taken them ML in this one.

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St. John’s Rolls Over La Salle on Thanksgiving Day

Game Summary

What a game. The turkey is going to taste a little bit better this evening as the boys all came to play this afternoon and got their second win in the last 24 hours on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone played an important roll in this one as they easily rolled over La Salle at Carnesecca.

The game opened up with a Greg Williams Jr. three-pointer, assisted by Posh. Williams played a great game today in all facets and finished with 13 points and was a leader on the court. Posh got himself into foul trouble early in this one, and with Rasheem Dunn out, it forced Mike Anderson to sub in John McGriff. Within his first seconds of action, McGriff buried his first three-pointer, earning himself his first points as a Johnnie.

Vince Cole got after it offensively right away again today, making a big impact on that end of the floor. Cole would go on to finish with 19 points, an impressive outing to follow his 21-point performance last night. Josh Roberts got the start today for the Red Storm and made major contributions on the defensive side, finishing with a team high 4 steals and 2 blocks.

The story of the game came within the opening 10 minutes of the second half. St. John’s came out of the locker room super hot and never looked back. Posh was flying around the court defensively and reeking havoc along with the rest of the team to begin to break this one open. Posh grabbed three steals to go along with several tipped passes and strong defensive possessions. In the second half, Dylan Wusu really looked much more comfortable, even since just last night. Wusu tallied 10 points tonight in just his second career collegiate game to go along with six rebounds. Marcellus Earlington also had a big second half on both ends this afternoon to provide that spark off of the bench. He scored 14 points in this one including two big three-pointers.

So many players had a hand in the win for the Red Storm and they ought to be feeling very good about this one.

Play of the Game

This play perfectly demonstrates what won us this game. Hustle. The hustle shown by SJU and by the freshmen stud Posh Alexander, was ridiculously impressive this afternoon. Posh impacts the game in so many more ways than just his scoring and anyone who has seen him play in these opening two games can see that he is going to be a fan favorite for a very long time.

Player of the Game

Today’s SJU Barstool Player of the Game: Vince Cole

Vince Cole showed up big for St. John’s for the second time in as many days. Cole scored 19 points, as he was the go-to scoring option for most of the game. He only hit one three in this one but got to the hoop and capitalized on other types of shots, including going 6-6 from the free throw line. The player of the game today could have gone in many different directions, but Vince Cole’s play was too exceptional to not give him that title yet again.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander343058
Williams Jr.4210513
Cole5421019
Moore700029
Roberts414214
Bench
Earlington3320114
Toro201012
Wusu6110210
McGriff112013
Caraher010010

Gambling Results

The boys beat the spread today (thank God) and made us loyal ATS fans some money. The -10 spread got interesting coming down the final stretch of play, but we prevailed and cashed in on our Thanksgiving Day bets.

Back in action against Boston College on Monday.

Oh and by the way, we are the best team in the Big East.

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Johnnies’ Win Over Saint Peters Too Close for Comfort

Game Summary

Posh Alexander put in the first basket of the game for the Johnnies to get them on the board. Shortly after Posh’s opening bucket, JUCO transfer Vince Cole checked into the game and hit his first, second, and third three of the game. He then hit the shot right before the half and went into the locker room 4-4 from the field with 11 points. Cole is a certified bucket getter. Isaih Moore also had a notable performance tonight. Moore played a lot of minutes and came out agressive from the start in this one. He finished one rebound away from a double-double and showed that he will be a main guy for Mike Anderson this season.

The Peacocks and Red Storm traded leads several times throughout the game, even when St. John’s began to build momentum, Saint Peter’s never went away. The Johnnies were plagued with missed layups and turnovers in the second half of this one and made things a little too interesting down the stretch. Down 75-71 with 28 seconds left to play, Vince Cole decided it was winning time. He drove to the hoop for a quick deuce to make it 75-73. Then with 16 seconds remaining, Posh Alexander chased down a faulty in bounds pass from St. Peters, pushed it up the floor, gave it to Greg Williams Jr, who found Vince Cole in the corner for a three and BANGGGGG. The rest is history and the Johnnies hold on to win.

Play of the Game

A pretty obvious choice for play of the game. What a beautiful fucking sight to see. Cole is cold-blooded but let’s give Posh some love on this play too. Without him this play doesn’t happen. He is so fast and straight up beat the Saint Peter’s kid to the ball.

Players of the Game

Today’s SJU Barstool Players of the Game: Posh Alexander AND Vince Cole

Posh Alexander

Alexander was a major bright spot in an overall shaky game for the Red Storm. He looked comfortable on the floor from the opening tip. He poured in 16 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and tallied FIVE steals. At times it looked as if he was just stealing the ball at will. His overall game was impressive to watch and worked perfectly in Mike Anderson’s fast paced, full-court system. He came into this one with high expectations and he exceeded them. While he made huge plays all night, his biggest play came at the very end of the game where he sprinted down the court, stole the ball, and got it up the court which eventually led to the game winner. That play perfectly exemplified Posh’s work ethic and hustle and it won the game tonight for the Red Storm

Vince Cole

Last season St. John’s lacked a reliable three point shooting option….well we sure as hell found our guy. Vince Cole came out firing off the bench tonight. He hit three 3-pointers almost immediately after checking into the game including this one above. His jump-shot is effortless and he shot confidently all night going 6-8 from beyond the arc. An overall incredible game from the newcomer was capped off by the go-ahead shot that gave us the win tonight. Vince is a bad man and I can’t wait to watch him shoot the lights out this year.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander7250316
Dunn150035
Williams Jr.334026
Earlington610114
Moore9000212
Bench
Roberts500100
Toro311016
Cole2001121
Wusu111136
Caraher000010

Gambling Results

Welp. Unfortunately for us St. John’s gamblers, we suffered a loss on the 9.5 point spread. We had several chances to run away with this one and cover the spread but tonight wasn’t our night. We saw a lot of growing pains for our boys tonight and were lucky to sneak out of this one with a win.

Back at it tomorrow against La Salle at 2:00 PM from Queens. The boys look to get win number two and hopefully cover the point spread too.

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0 Days Until The Storm: Posh Alexander Player Profile

The wait is over. It is the midnight before gameday folks. You can feel it in the air, today is going to be a great day for the Red Storm.

Today concludes our “Days Until The Storm” series where we have been breaking down each player on the St. John’s roster throughout the month.

Wearing number 0 this season, Posh Alexander is ready to make a name for himself at the next level.

A Dominant High School Career

Posh Alexander’s high school basketball career was filled with ridiculous highlights. The 6-foot tall point guard can jump out of the gym and throw down windmills like it’s nothing.

Last season, he basically dominated night in and night out on the high school floor with little resistance. Posh was a 4-star recruit and was the 6th ranked prospect in New York. His most impressive high school game came against Word of God Academy where he posted 60 points. Yup you read that right, SIXTY points.

Posh shot 24-40 from the field.

Our Savior Lutheran, where Posh attended high school, competes against some of the top programs across the country. Experience against some of the nations best high school competition has prepared Alexander for the next level. Last season he played against the nation’s number 1 recruit, Jalen Green from Prolific Prep, and gave them a good run for their money. Posh’s game is built perfectly for Mike Anderson’s system and I can’t wait to watch him throw down a dunk like this tonight (hopefully).

Practice Highlights

Since arriving at St. John’s, Posh has impressed everyone who has watched him play in practice. Fans are anxious to watch the young buck get after it tonight.

The “Red vs. White” scrimmage that was played a little over a week ago left those who watched it in awe of his game. Unfortunately the recording was taken off of YouTube, but the Bronx-born guard put on a show as he always does. Several fans took to twitter with positive reactions.

What to Expect

Several analysts and writers project Posh to get the nod in the starting lineup in game one vs. Saint Peters. For a freshmen, the expectations for Posh are enormous. He will likely be embracing a role that not many first year players take on. Expect Alexander to be in the core group of guys that Mike Anderson relies on this season game in and game out. I’ll be looking for around 25 minutes per night from the rook with room for more or less depending on the flow of the game. We can expect him to bless our eyes with tremendous highlight dunks and defensive plays, and then dazzle us with a lob pass to a big man or shooting a three. He’s truly a “do it all” kind of talent and I cannot wait to watch him go to work.

7:00 PM. Carnesseca Arena. Tune in.

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2 Days Until the Storm: Julian Champagnie Player Profile

WE ARE TWO DAYS AWAY FROM ST. JOHN’S BASKETBALL!

Today we continue our blog series with no. 2, Julian Champagnie.

Big East All-Freshmen Team Selection

After an overachieving rookie campaign which ended in a Big East All-Freshmen Team selection, the 6-foot-7 Brooklyn native is ready to get back after it this season. In Champangie’s freshman season he saw action in all 32 games and started 26 of them, tallying 9.9 PPG and 6.5 REB. Coming down the final stretch of the Johnnies’ season a year ago, Champagnie averaged near a double-double (including over 13 PPG). According to Kenpom player statistics, Julian was considered to be a “role player” in the 2019-2020 season, meaning he was used on 16-20% of possessions. I expect this number to increase to the 20-24% range, and for Julian to build on his already solid averages.

Julian Champagnie at MSG.

2019-2020 Highlights

Julian’s highlight reels from last season are filled with dunks, threes, and solid play around the rim. The youngster proved to be our most reliable forward and was a clear favorite of Mike Anderson’s from the start. On a team that had many ups and downs, Julian was a consistent contributor throughout the season. As someone who was under-recruited coming out of high school, he certainly wasted no time proving himself. His 6.5 REB was enough to lead the team. Leading the team on the glass is a major accomplishment coming from a freshmen. Champagnie showed fans he’s got the energy and work ethic to be a force on the defensive side of the ball in the Big East.

What to Expect from #2

In a preseason interview, Champagnie said he feels he brings a lot to this team and that over the offseason, “I’ve just been working on my jump shot and leadership skills.”

I believe an improved jump shot is the next step in order for Champagnie to solidify himself as one of the leagues best and possibly even find himself on an all conference team at the end of the season. As a freshmen he shot 31.2% from beyond the arc. The potential is certainly there for Champagnie to increase this percentage substantially. In three of the final four games of the season last year, Champagnie had games where he hit multiple three point shots against Marquette, Creighton, and Butler. Against Butler the rook hit four threes and lead the team with 23 points. After an off-season dedicated to that jump shot, expect Julian to improve that percentage to around 35% this season and really start to space the floor making him an even tougher player to guard.

A non-skill related part of basketball that goes unnoticed by most is the leadership ability of a player. In year two, Julian is striving to be a leader for this team. From a fans perspective, hearing that arguably your best player is pushing himself to become a leader for this team is music to your ears. Although he is only a sophomore, Julian played more minutes per game then everyone else on the roster who’s not named Rasheem Dunn. With not a ton of big time experience returning, Mike Anderson and his staff will be thrilled to have a leader like Julian on the court.

There are so many great things to talk about when breaking down Julian Champagnie. This season will be filled with highlights like this one against Butler last year.

Highlight Dunk vs. Butler