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St. John’s Basketball In Midst Of A Culture Change

by Edward Kim | Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
(Chris Humphreys-US Presswire)

(Chris Humphreys-US Presswire)

St. John’s Men’s Basketball head coach, Steve Lavin, has placed his emphasis on the recruiting class of 2015.  Most fans including myself have not been thrilled with that sentiment, not because the 2015 class didn’t deserve the attention, but, because there seemed to be a lack of attention on the class of 2014.  It was impossible to foresee JaKarr Sampson declaring for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season, but Orlando Sanchez and God’sgift Achiuwa were in their last years of eligibility.

The perception, was that Lavin was not engaged in recruiting (although he is lauded for being a great recruiter even if he is not a great x’s & o’s coach) and he was maybe even looking to leave the Johnnies.  One way or the other, the class of 2014 developed slowly and lacks a level of cache that fans have wanted.

The buzz for the class of 2015 has returned for St. John’s and many fans seem to have guarded optimism that Lavin can secure a stellar and balanced class.  The overall talent of the targets they are recruiting is more impressive than in years past and as previously mentioned, pundits are saying the Red Storm have legitimate chances of landing consensus top 100 talent including Isaiah Briscoe, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Sampson, Tyler Dorsey, Donovan Mitchell and many others that we probably don’t yet know about.

Similar to what the New York Mets are trying to do on the professional level, the St. John’s Red Storm are trying to change the culture and level of expectation by landing a big name player that will lead the team to success not seen in many years.  It is tough to predict how things will work out but Steve Lavin is not new to the business and understands what it takes to win so I’m hoping that good things are on the way.

Nothing changes culture and makes coaches and administrations look better than winning games. St. John’s is hoping to make coach Steve Lavin look like a genius in the upcoming seasons.

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