June 7, 2015 |
St. John's announced Friday that Rysheed Jordan, who starred at Vaux High School and played two seasons for the Red Storm, has decided to pursue a professional basketball career. Jordan is ineligible for the NBA draft, so he will not be allowed to play in the league next season. But he is eligible to play in the NBA Development League or in another country's professional league. The 6-foot-4 guard and Philadelphia native averaged 12 points and three assists in 60 career games. "Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine.
May 26, 2015 |
Former Roberts Vaux High basketball standout Rysheed Jordan could be ruled academically ineligible to play for St. John's this fall, according to a report by the New York Daily News. The 6-foot-4 guard would be the team's leading returning scorer if he comes back for his junior season. He averaged 14.1 points and a team-high 3.1 assists last season. According to the report, there is a chance that Jordan will not return to the team at all, although he is expected to meet with new St. John's coach Chris Mullin soon.
April 2, 2015 |
The T-shirt. When he was playing college ball in the early 1980s, Chris Mullin always wore that T-shirt underneath his St. John's tank top. Jay Wright had never seen anyone do that before. It was one of the first things Wright thought of when he learned this week that St. John's would hire Mullin as its new head coach, that a former Big East power had reached into its past to try to revitalize its present. Wright, Villanova's head coach, was still a student at Bucknell University then, often making the 150-mile drive from Lewisburg, Pa., to 'Nova's campus to see his girlfriend, Patty Reilly, who is now his wife.
March 31, 2015 |
Former all-American Chris Mullin has been offered the head coaching job at his alma mater, St. John's, ESPN reported Sunday. The Red Storm and coach Steve Lavin parted ways on Friday. Lavin coached five seasons at St. John's, where the Red Storm made two NCAA tournament appearances. Mullin was drafted seventh overall in 1985 by Golden State and played in the NBA from 1985-2001 for the Warriors and the Indiana Pacers. He has also been a member of the front office for both the Sacramento Kings and the Warriors following his retirement.
March 12, 2015 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center, after fourth-ranked Villanova had turned a 10-point deficit into a 37-point win in the final 27 1/2 minutes against St. John's, Red Storm coach Steve Lavin paid Wildcat Ryan Arcidiacono maybe the ultimate compliment a point guard can get. He compared what the 6-3 junior does for the Wildcats to the impact Bobby Hurley had on the great Duke teams of the early 1990s. Hurley is the NCAA's all-time assists leader, and was the Most Oustanding Player in the 1992 Final Four.
March 10, 2015 |
HOW GOOD was Villanova on Saturday at the overflowing Wells Fargo Center against St. John's? In the final game of the best regular season in school history, the Wildcats played what had to be the best stretch of basketball by any team anywhere in 2014-15. 'Nova actually trailed St. John's 35-25 after a ridiculous dunk by Vaux High's Rysheed Jordan. Over the next 27 1/2 minutes, the Wildcats outscored the Red Storm, 80-33, and committed zero turnovers. They won, 105-68. St. John's (21-10, 10-8 Big East)
March 9, 2015 |
After Villanova saved one of its best performances of the 2014-15 regular season for last, St. John's coach Steve Lavin tried to explain what he had witnessed from an opponent that he said "has a No. 1 [NCAA tournament] seed all but locked up. " "They're playing at a high level, playing the best basketball of any team in the country. We played the best team in the country on their floor," said Lavin, who later mentioned Kentucky as "a top program" along with Villanova. The fourth-ranked Wildcats certainly looked the part Saturday before 19,161 at the Wells Fargo Center with the help of a 43-10 second-half run that resulted in a 105-68 blowout of the Red Storm, giving the Cats a program-record 29th regular-season win. Scoring 100 points in a Big East game for the first time since a 102-84 win over Marquette on Feb. 10, 2009, the Wildcats (29-2, 16-2)
March 8, 2015 |
It's March so the NCAA tournament questions are coming fast and furious at Jay Wright. While the Villanova coach answers them all affably, he makes it known he does not have his sights on a No. 1 seed nor a Big East tourney championship, at least not yet. Guided by Wright, the Wildcats have only one event on their radar and that comes Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center when St. John's, the conference's hottest team not named Villanova, enters with...
March 6, 2015 |
VILLANOVA WON 28 of its first 31 in 2013-14, which was merely the best regular season in program history. So what can you do for an encore? Well, these Wildcats were ranked 12th in the opening Associated Press poll, which sounded about right. Then they struggled in their opener against Lehigh in Allentown, which was scheduled as a homecoming for senior guard Darrun Hilliard, a Bethlehem native and their top scorer, who shot 4-for-18 that night. It happens. Six days later, they nearly lost at the Pavilion to Bucknell, coach Jay Wright's alma mater.
March 4, 2015
AS EXPECTED, Villanova (27-2, 14-2 Big East) has moved up two spots in the Associated Press (media) poll this week to fourth, behind Kentucky (29-0), Virginia (28-1) and Duke (26-3). The Wildcats, who have set a record for the best start in program history, won their 10th straight game Saturday at Xavier (18-12, 8-9), 78-66. They clinched the regular-season conference title for the second consecutive year. They were 12th in the preseason vote, and also made it to No. 4 on Jan. 19 before losing at Georgetown by 20. Two teams who were ahead of them, Gonzaga (29-2)