SJ lost what, like 10 guys? And I think 3 of their heralded freshman class couldn't make grades. Lavin's obviously got em looking up big time but it's not going to be immediate.
Speaking of, Lavin in the gym coaching with the cancer and everything? I'm not watching.
Yeah, they lost basically their entire team from last year. The recruiting class did have like 8 or 9 players in it but, like you said, three of them didn't qualify academically and aren't there. They said St. John's has seven scholarship players right now.
Nurideen Lindsey is an elite athlete. His speed and explosiveness was way too much for W&M. I was impressed with his finishing ability and some of the passes he made in drive and dish situations. I'm not convinced he's a pure point guard and his jumper looks poor, but this guy's definitely an NBA caliber athlete and could be a major player in the Big East.
Moe Harkless has great size for a 3 man and seems to have a measure of versatility in his game. I could see him playing the 2, 3, and 4 at times. His jumper looks smooth and he seems pretty athletic. He definitely looks like the best wing on this team.
God's Gift Achiuwa really impressed me. Despite being undersized, his strength, athleticism (quick of his feet and explosive), long arms, hands, and motor are top notch for his position. He doesn't seem overly skilled or polished but his aggressiveness and positioning appear to set him up for a lot of easy buckets and garbage points around the bucket. With the ineligibility of the other freshman, he'll likely be the only post threat on this team.
Sir'Dominic Pointer looks like another really athletic wing who could play a big role as a defensive stopper and floor spacer.
Kyle Fogg had a great game…probably the leader of this squad.
Nick Johnson is a great addition to this team…seems like a really dynamic scorer. Looked a lot more ready for this level of play than Turner.
Angelo Chol could be a hell of a player by the end of the season. He's much more polished offensively than I expected.
Didn't see much from Josiah Turner, but it's still extremely early, obviously.
Kevin Van Wijk on Valpo is a pretty good undersized post player. Could see him having a big year in the Horizon league. No one on Arizona could defend him one on one.
Ryan Broekhoff from Valpo looks like a really good shooter…good size for a guard at 6'7".
St. John's is really athletic and could cause teams a lot of problems with their length and full court press. Perimeter shooting could be their downfall though. If St. John's returns everyone next year and their ineligible recruit situation is resolved…they'll be a force.
We've got to think of something else to call Achiuwa other than God's Gift. I just can't type that with a straight face, and it's going to take me a while to remember the correct spelling of Achiuwa. On top of that St. John's has a guy named Sir'Dominic.
They definitely win the award for most ridiculously named roster. I think God's Gift almost wins them the award alone.