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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
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12 Days Until the Storm: Arnaldo Toro Player Profile

Life Before the Storm

Before joining the Red Storm, grad-transfer Arnaldo Toro played four years at The George Washington University in DC. In his senior season at GW, the Puerto Rico native posted 6.1 PPG and led his team in rebounding with 7.0 REB. The Toro signing could perhaps fix the rebounding woes of St. John’s from a season ago. Last season Toro pulled down 24 rebounds in a single game. TWENTY-FOUR REBOUNDS. He tied an A-10 record that night against American. He started in games all four years throughout his time at GW and in his junior season, he was averaging near a double-double before going down with an injury.

Arnaldo Toro Junior Year Highlights at George Washington University

Toro is not a man of many flashy highlights. His scoring numbers and highlight reels don’t particularly stand out to the naked eye. However, what he contributes to any basketball team should never go unnoticed. He is a solid, hard-nosed player. He finishes around the rim, plays great defense, and crashes the glass like no other. He is the type of player that every team needs and that every coach loves.

What to Expect

Unfortunately, Toro will only have one season in Queens… but that doesn’t mean he won’t make his mark this season. What I’m expecting from this 6-foot-8, 250-pound beast this season is for him to play a decent amount of meaningful minutes to give the Johnnies the experience they need to win games. Toro understands what it is like to defend at the D-1 level. Although the A-10 is no Big East, Toro should be able to anchor the paint for the Red Storm this season whether it be as a starter or in spurts off the bench. I think Toro has a real shot to lead the team in rebounding this season, as he has already done at George Washington.

Toro is a player who is flying under the radar right now but I think it is only a matter of time before a lot of St. John’s fans will begin to appreciate the work he does.

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13 Days Until The Storm: Isaih Moore Player Profile

From JUCO to the Big East

The South Carolina native, Isaih Moore, is a JUCO product from Pearl River Community College. Standing in at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Moore is ready to make a big impact for the Johnnies this season. For anyone who has watched St. John’s in recent years, it is evident that we’ve been missing a solid big man. Lucky for us it seems as if we may have found a gem in Isaih Moore.

Life before St. John’s

After one season at the College of Charleston, Moore knew it wasn’t the right fit for him for the rest of his collegiate career. In one season playing JUCO ball at Pearl River CC, Moore averaged 15.9 PPG, 9.1 REB, and slightly over 2 BPG. Moore gets up and down the floor like a shooting guard with the length of a center. He was an efficient 54.3% shooting from the field and even chipped in a handful of threes throughout the season, shooting 28.9% from beyond the arc. One of his most impressive stats from his one season at Pearl River CC was shooting 80% from the free throw line. Free throws and rebounding was the kryptonite of the Red Storm a year ago, and Moore provides the attributes to fix that.

Moore was recruited by schools such as LSU, Arkansas, and Alabama, but ultimately chose to come to Queens. He ultimately chose St. John’s because he felt like he could shine here and for the opportunity to play in the Garden.

2K MyCareer Badges?

If we were handing out 2K MyCareer badges to the St. John’s roster Moore would be blessed with these four.

  • Lob City Finisher
  • Rim Protector
  • Fast Break Finisher
  • Glass Crasher

I’m expecting Moore to throw down a ton of alley-oops this season, as he did in JUCO. Going back through his highlights, such a massive part of his game is positioning himself well on fast break opportunities to either catch a lob or a regular pass and finish it off with a dunk. Pairing a wildly athletic forward like Moore with an already incredible quick backcourt with Dunn, Posh, and Williams, should lead to many easy baskets for the big man. Lobs aren’t the only easy baskets Moore gets though. He is proficient in crashing the offensive glass. His highlight reel has plenty of put-back dunks and lay-ups. This is a hustle stat that can’t go unnoticed when talking about Isaih.

Where does Moore fall on the Depth chart?

Moore’s playing time will be completely what he makes of it. When evaluating the St. John’s roster it appears as if he will be primarily competing with Josh Roberts for minutes. However, we have to remember that last season Mike Anderson opted to go with a smaller lineup in many situations with Earlington at the 5, disregarding playing a center at all. We also have to remember that Moore is not limited to just playing in the 5 spot. You could even see a big lineup with Roberts at the 5 and Moore on the perimeter. Moore is a player that will have to prove their worth to Iron Mike this season and force him to keep a big guy in the game. Isaih could be an important piece for the Johnnies on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball this season.

Moore is already captivating attention of reporters who have been lucky enough to get to watch a St. John’s practice. Fully expect Moore to put the Big East on notice this winter.

Remember the name. Isaih Moore.

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T-minus 50 Days Until Big East Basketball

Official practice has begun for our basketball team and the videos from practice have been getting me so stoked for the season.  John Rothstein was in attendance for a practice just yesterday and had many good things to say about our newcomers.  Jon projects Posh Alexander to be a stud for us and likely a starter, which really shouldn’t be a surprise given his high school highlights. If you haven’t seen them already, click the video below.

Jon also said he was high on Dylan Wusu,  saying he was the most physically imposing freshmen guard “I’ve ever seen”. That is very high praise from someone who has been in this business for quite awhile. Wusu, who is often in Posh’s shadow, can undoubtedly be a stud in his own right.  He had a 50+ point performance in high school at Our Savior Lutheran. Wusu Highlights Below.

Everyone keeps sleeping on Wusu and I expect him to breakout. Plus I think Wusu is a fun and catchy last name so why not root for this guy. 

Dylan’s Starting 5 vs. Rothstein’s Starting Five

With the basketball season right around the corner and Big East basketball starting on December 12th it seemed right to make some starting lineup predicitons.

DylanRothstein
Rasheem DunnPosh Alexander
Greg WilliamsRasheem Dunn
Vince ColeGreg Williams
Julian ChampangieJulian Champangie
Josh RobertsArnaldo Toro

Although I am very high on Posh I don’t see him starting day 1. I think he’ll start at some point this season but it won’t be opening night. Also, I expect Josh Roberts to go right back to the five spot this season as he continues to develop…Rothstein predicting Arnaldo Toro in the starting lineup seems like a bit of a stretch. (Then again Jon Rothstein is the same guy who posts this same tweet every single day since like March so clearly he’s not all there). The big reason why I include Vince Cole in my starting lineup is because I think you need to have your best three-point shooter in to start the game. Many speculate Vince Cole to be the one to fill LJ Figueroa’s scoring role from a year ago, which makes me think he will be a day one starter.

Like come on Jon is this really necessary everyday?

To be quite honest the starting lineup for St. John’s this year might be the most irrelevant thing to talk about as they will be going around 10 deep every game. I’d expect to see several different combinations of starting lineups and different rotations throughout this season.

Big East Sixth Man of the Year?

Get your bets in now, Marcellus Earlington Big East Sixth-Man of the Year. You heard it here first from SJU Barstool. The 6-foot-6 forward saw his minutes increase to 18.2 MPG last season from 3.9 MPG as a freshmen. In 2019-2020 he scored 9.0 PPG and contributed 4.7 REB. To be quite honest these numbers could be so much higher if he played the way he played in the second half of the season for the entire year. These numbers will increase yet again, this year he will average double digit points and likely around 6-7 boards. Marcellus is someone who could see their name in the starting lineup…but if not I would give him the best odds at winning the Big East Sixth man of the year award.

Gamble to Pay Your Tuition

The best way to double your money is to put yourself in a position to double your money. And whats the best way to do that? Gambling. Now, here we are looking at a bit more than just doubling your money. Bet on St. John’s Mens Basketball to win the natty and you will have your tuition completely paid off for the year, courtesy of Barstool Sportsbook

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Rafael Pinzón Commits to St. John’s and Josh Roberts is Yolked Now

With 57 days until the start of the college basketball season (hopefully) it is only right to start talking some hoops. 

In recent history we haven’t been given a lot of good news about St. John’s basketball…until yesterday.  Yesterday, LUHI Star Rafael Pinzón committed to St. John’s over Florida and New Mexico. The Puerto Rico native also held offers from Dayton and Georgia Tech. Standing in at 6-foot-6 he is described as someone who can play on and off the ball, shoots well from deep, and defends hard.  A true combo guard. He joins high school teammate Drissa Traore, who committed to St. John’s in August. This is similar to what Mike Anderson did this past year by bringing in Posh Alexander and Dylan Wusu who played together in high school.  

Fanta Approves!
Centrobasket 2019 Highlights

Adding another versatile wing gives us a tremendous amount of depth at guard. If you didn’t check out his highlights please click above. There is just so much to be excited about with this kid’s game. If Anderson can land a big man for the 2021 class, we will be in great shape. 

In other news, JOSH ROBERTS IS YOLKED. I said last season that Josh Roberts got disrespected in terms of his playing time. If he doesn’t play now, he might take Iron Mike to the boxing ring. 

Don’t sleep on Josh Roberts this year, if he gets the minutes that he deserves he is going to be a bully down low. Only giving Roberts 19 minutes a game last year was a crime to him as a player and for the fans who wanted to see wins. It seemed as if Roberts would start each half and then Anderson would forget about him completely and never put him back in the game. He averaged 1.5 blocks per game in just 19 MPG.  I can only imagine if he got 25-30 minutes of playing time that he’d be up over two blocks a game, which would put him close to the top of the Big East.

As we continue to approach CBB season, more and more St. John’s basketball blogs will be posted. Go Johnnies!

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Back to School Recap

Go back to school during a pandemic they said, it’ll be fun they said. Don’t get me wrong, chilling with the guys and gals in a small setting has been a great time, but your boy is itching for a big party.

Here’s the big issue. I’m missing the ‘Friday Feeling’. Gone are the days of finishing your 3:25 class on a crisp Friday afternoon and getting excited to go pregame with the fellas and ladies for a big night out. That is what I am missing right now.

Are frat parties hit or miss? Yes. But would I be ready to drop 10 bucks, slug natty lights, sweat my ass off, and attempt to run the pong table? Absolutely. Freshmen who haven’t even been to a party yet I’m actually sorry, it gets better.

Aside from the Friday feeling, many St. John’s students also are missing the TUESDAY feeling. Parson’s being closed is ROUGH. While Frat parties can be hit or miss, Tuesday’s at Parson’s was something you could count on. There is nothing better than strolling over to Parson’s on a Tuesday night and absolutely throwing down dollar brews in those plastic cups, while the whole bar raps along to Dreams and Nightmares. American runs on Dunkin, St. John’s runs on Parsons. Fingers crossed for a reopening date to be announced.

Now, it’s got to be said. St. John’s is doing a phenomenal job with handling the coronavirus and I think we are past getting sent home (I hope).

Let me just say by sacrificing big parties, I sure as hell hope we at get a basketball season. Can’t wait to see Caraher ball like Mike this winter!

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Website Launch!

ATTENTION JOHNNIE NATION!!!

The Barstool St. John’s website is now live! After years dominating the social media world via our Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, it was time for us to get our own website as we continue to expand our brand.

What will this site be like?

The website provides you a single spot for all of our content. Our new website is an extension of our social media accounts. The website will contain all the videos and content you see posted on the Instagram and Tik Tok. You can find all of our latest tweets as well on the bottom of the homepage.

Of course, the biggest thing this site brings us is blogging. Something we have never done before. Many of the blogs will of course be centered around sports, however we will also write about shit happening on campus and all that good stuff. Right now the only header about sports is for men’s basketball blogs, this will without a doubt always be loaded with content.

Our site also features a St. John’s Chicks section. SJU Chicks is still in the process of getting up and running, once it is, all that content can be found there.

Bookmark our site and stay up to date on all of our latest content.

Go Johnnies!