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St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin gestures towards the court during a game against Marquette at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1, 2014. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

St. John’s Reinvents Frontcourt By Adding Rugged JUCO Star Keith Thomas

If you don’t know who Keith Thomas is, you will soon. He’s a rebounding machine who is heading to St. John’s.

05/05/2014

Chris Obekpa #12 of the St. John's Red Storm (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Shot-Blocker Chris Obekpa To Return To St. John’s

On April 3, St. John’s announced it had granted the 6-foot-9 sophomore a release to pursue transfer options. On Friday, the school announced Obekpa will return for the 2014-15 season.

04/18/2014

St. John’s Chris Obekpa, top, and Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova battle for a loose ball during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Report: Obekpa Granted Release, Expected To Transfer From St. John’s

One impact player leaving early is bad enough, but two? St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin cannot be a happy man right now.

04/03/2014

Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm high fives D'Angelo Harrison. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

St. John’s Escapes Second-Half Charge From DePaul On Senior Day

D’Angelo Harrison scored 25 and had 10 rebounds to lead St. John’s to a 72-64 win over DePaul on Sunday.

03/02/2014

Chris Obekpa #12 of the St. John's Red Storm (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Too Close For Comfort: St. John’s Edges Seton Hall 68-67

Chris Obekpa sank a free throw with 2.1 seconds left to give St. John’s a 68-67 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night.

02/14/2014

FILE-- St. John's JaKarr Sampson (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Excitement Building At St. John’s As Dawn Of Rysheed Jordan Era Nears

At St. John’s, the smiles are much wider than the last two seasons and the answer to the most-asked question comes quickly and sincerely.

10/10/2013

Jeronne Maymon (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Maymon On The Mend & More

Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon told reporters this week that he’ll be 100 percent by the time games start in November. Maymon didn’t play last season due to a knee injury, but should instantly become one of the better big men in the SEC.

08/30/2013

St. John’s Chris Obekpa, left, and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono battle for the ball during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

St. John’s Thinking NIT Bid Following Loss To Villanova In Big East Tournament

Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points, sending Villanova to a 66-53 victory over St. John’s in the second round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night.

03/13/2013

D'Angelo Harrison of the St. John's Red Storm. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Young St. John’s Growing Up In A Hurry, Extends Win Streak To 5

Freshman JaKarr Sampson scored six of his 13 points in overtime and St. John’s extended its winning streak to five games with a 79-74 victory over DePaul on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

01/30/2013

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Rothstein Files: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook

Roosevelt Jones gives Butler a different dimension — and it’s a dimension that allowed the Bulldogs to upset top-ranked Indiana.

12/17/2012

Steve Lavin

Rothstein Files: Five Observations From St. John’s-Detroit

St. John’s star D’Angelo Harrison was in the news for all the wrong reasons during the past few weeks but he responded where it matters most — on the court.

11/14/2012

D'Angelo Harrison of the St. John's Red Storm. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

St. John’s Defeats Detroit 77-74

The Red Storm made a late run to beat Detroit 77-74 on Tuesday.

11/13/2012

D'Angelo Harrison (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Harrison Ready To Run Point For The Johnnies In 12-13

D’Angelo Harrison came to St. John’s with the reputation of being a dynamic scorer. Before his college career is over, he could also be viewed as a lethal facilitator.

07/23/2012

Steve Lavin (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Steve Lavin Ready To Begin Next Chapter At St. John’s

The most highly sought after assistant coaching position in recent memory is close to being filled.

07/09/2012

Steve Lavin

Rothstein Files: 5 Things Chris Obekpa’s Commitment Means To St. John’s

A cerebral defender with uncanny timing, the 6-foot-9 big man will do a tremendous job protecting the rim for the Red Storm, who are now positioned to be a legitimate factor in the Big East next season.

06/12/2012

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