During this COVID-19 break, EWB takes a look back. Here is our St. John’s Red Storm All-21st Century.
St. John’s has a long and storied history. There have made 30 trips to the NCAA Tournament and won numerous conference titles. Unfortunately, the program hasn’t captured a Big East Conferetitle since 2000, but the lack of titles and NCAA Tournament appearances doesn’t mean the Red Storm haven’t had impactful players show up.
Most St. John’s fans claim that Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, and Malik Sealy were the best to ever wear the iconic red and white Johnnies uniform. Nobody has refuted their respective on-court contributions or the success each went on to have in the NBA. But the 2000s produced solid players who often get overlooked.
I have a ton of respect for Steve Lavin. He came from a winning program at UCLA to New York with high expectations in a basketball-crazed city.
In the post- Lou Carneseca era, Lavin guided the Red Storm to two NCAA Tournament berths. The San Francisco native’s SJU teams often had potential and possibly could have won more, but you can’t live in the past and play the “what could have happened” game. Facts are facts.
Yet his most significant contributions may have come off the court. He was involved in numerous New York City-based charities and endeavors. The dapper Lavin also made it cool to coach in a suit and white sneakers. He amassed a 92-72 record in Queens.
I present the St. John’s Red Storm All-Century 1st and 2nd Teams.