NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 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.
A member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, McGuire was one of the greatest ball-handlers in school history and then went on to a more than 50-year career with the Knicks as a player, coach, scout and consultant.
A 6-foot-9 center who played back in the 1940s, Boykoff led St. John’s to its first National Invitation Tournament championship and became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points.
A guard who averaged 18,3 points during a consistent career, Seiden helped lead St. John’s to the 1958-59 NIT title.
A two-time All-American and the MVP of the 1959 NIT title game, Jackson was known as an excellent jump-shooter. The 6-foot-4 forward finished his career with 1,603 points or 21.1 per game.
Lloyd “Sunny” Dove
Considered one of the best big men in St. John’s history, Dove, who played from 1964-67, scored 1,576 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during his career. He also holds the distinction of playing for the two greatest coaches in program history, Joe Lapchick and Lou Carnesecca.
Thought of by most as the greatest player in St. John’s history, Mullin was the do-everything star who finished his playing career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,440 points. Known as a dangerous outsider shooter, the 6-6 swingman shot 55 percent for his career and averaged 19.5 points. Mullin led St. John’s to a No. 1 ranking and eventually the Final Four during the 1984-85 season and went on to average 18.2 points during a 16-year NBA career.
A former John Wooden Award winner and Big East Player of the Year, Berry shined at St. John’s following a distinguished career a JUCO powerhouse San Jacinto, averaging 20.1 points and shooting 58 percent from the floor from 1984-86. Nicknamed “The Truth,” the 6-8 Berry’s greatest moment came in the 1986 Big East Tournament championship game when he blocked Pearl Washington’s last-second shot, preserving St. John’s 70-69 win over Syracuse.
A 7-foot center from Canada, Wennington excelled as both a low-post player and medium-range shooter during the Mullin era, scoring 1,026 points and shooting 58 percent from the floor. He went on to win three NBA championships with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Perhaps the greatest point guard in school history, Jackson averaged 10.1 points and 5.6 assists from 1983-87. Jackson, who finished his college career with 1,328 points, earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors with the Knicks in 1987-88, and went on to play for six other teams during a distinguished 17-year NBA career.
The second all-time leading scorer in St. John’s history (2,401 points), the silky 6-8 forward averaged 18.9 points and 6.9 rebounds from 1988-92. Sealy’s teams went 86-43 during his four years, with one NIT championship and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Sealy played eight seasons in the NBA before being killed in a car crash in 2000.
One of the most hyped recruits in New York City history, Lopez, who played at famed Rice High School in the Bronx, finished his St. John’s career with 1,927 points, averaging 16.9 per game.
The senior guard on the 2014-15 team recently became just the third player in school history to score 2,000 points in a career. He’s averaging 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and is shooting 43 percent from the floor for the Red Storm (19-9, 8-7 Big East), who have won five of their last six games.