The Red Storm are coming off of a below average year in the Big East, but they showed multiple bright spots throughout the season. With huge upset wins against Duke and Villanova, the Red Storm not only proved that they could stick with top competition on offense, but they also demonstrated great defense and rebounding!
Wait, if St. John's only won 16 games last season and struggled with consistency, where is all of this hype coming from? Well, take a quick look at the Big East next season... Tons of top competitors like Xavier, Creighton, and Seton Hall are losing key pieces, and their incoming freshman classes don't seem strong enough to bring them back to the tourney. Meanwhile, St. John's will be returning multiple key contributors from the 2017-2018 season including Shamorie Ponds, Marvin Clark, and Justin Simon who combined to average 47.3 Points Per Game! Plus, the Johnnie's will have a decent Freshman Class to add depth to their lineup and will be welcoming in Mustapha Heron, a guard transfer from Auburn, who averaged 16.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 0.9 APG! So, if the Red Storm can take advantage of their games against “weaker” opponents in the Big East, capitalize in close games, and pull off a couple upset wins like last season, I think St. John's has a shot at being a borderline tournament team!
SSU Prediction: 11 or 12 seed in NCAA Tournament
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