It was a perfect presser and stroll down the years at St. John’s. Rookie coach Chris Mullin looked great yesterday, but it won’t matter much if he doesn’t produce tomorrow.
The school’s all-time leading scorer was introduced as its new coach Wednesday in front of an adoring audience of several hundred fans at Carnesecca Arena.
“People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience, but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”
With St. John’s looking more and more like it will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010-11, it’s time to look back on some of the great players who have called Jamaica, Queens, home over the last 70 years.
Lou Carnesecca will be honored by St. John’s for his more than 50 years of service to the school. The school will present Carnesecca the St. Vincent de Paul Medal at Sunday’s commencement.
This summer we honor one man who recalls the most regal time in college basketball, renowned for his offense, and another man who left us shrugging our shoulders while marveling at his magical defense.
St. John’s had a grand total of five NCAA tournament appearances from 1993 through last season. But, thanks to a new commitment to just about everything, that’s all about to change.