Guard – D’Angelo Harrison – 2012-15
D’Angelo Harrison was a highly coveted recruit out of the Houston, Texas area. He came to the university having been named Houston Chronicle Player of the Year. Harrison lit up the stat sheet from the moment he checked in.
He is often overlooked as one of the most lethal scorers in program history. Across four seasons, he averaged 17.4 points per game. He also holds the record for most three-pointers made in program history, 264. Harrison has enjoyed some success as a pro overseas.
Guard – Shamorie Ponds – 2017-19
Red Storm fans were looking for a prolific scorer since Harrison’s departure two years prior. Shamorie Ponds became the only five-star recruit head coach Chris Mullin was able to land during his four-year tenure at St. John’s. The guard didn’t disappoint.
He was named to the 2016-17 Big East All-Freshman team. He also took home back-to-back 1st Team All-Big East honors. Forgoing his senior year to enter the NBA Draft, Ponds averaged 19.5 points across three seasons. Ponds is now a member of the Toronto Raptors G-League affiliate.
Forward – D.J. Kennedy – 2008-11
He could have stayed home to play for Pittsburgh or go to Cincinnati, Georgia, or West Virginia. Yet D.J. Kennedy opted to head to the bright lights of New York to play for Norm Roberts. Steve Lavin inherited the prolific forward when he took over in the 2010-11 season.
Kennedy, who was having an exceptional senior season, tore his ACL in a March game against Syracuse. Fans often wonder what the Johnnies could have done in the NCAA Tournament with him that year. He still has a strong legacy and is one of the unsung greats of the program. Kennedy averaged 11.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists for his career.
Forward – Moe Harkless – 2011-12
The Jamaica, Queens, native played one season for St. John’s before he became an NBA Draft pick, but that one season was one to remember. As a freshman, Moe Harkless started in all 32 games averaging 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists en route to Big East Rookie of the Year honors. Harkless recorded 11 double-doubles that season. He’s the best one-and-done in school history.
Center – Chris Obekpa – 2013-15
Chris Obekpa was an old school center in an ever-changing sport that’s seen the position develop into jump shoots and three=point specialists. He’s the all-time leading shot-blocker in school history with 321 blocked shots.
Sadly, his Red Storm legacy is a bit tarnished after he was drug tested by the NCAA before St. John’s 2015 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which he was suspended for. The native of Nigeria averaged 3.4 blocks, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 points in his 95 game career.