St. John's Rumors & News

  • Justin Simon transferring to St. John's

    SI "Arizona guard Justin Simon will transfer to St. John’s, the school announced Thursday." April 22

  • Spartans' Marvin Clark Jr. transfers to St. John's

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State forward Marvin Clark Jr. has transferred to St. John's, the Red Storm announced this morning. Under NCAA rules, he will have to sit out next season, then have two years of eligibility remaining. Clark announced his intention to transfer last month. “We are glad Marvin has..." April 20

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    Former St. John's big man Chris Obekpa, who sat out at UNLV this past year, will declare for the NBA Draft without agent, source told ESPN.

  • UNLV's Chris Obekpa declares for NBA Draft, has option to return

    Mountain West Connection "UNLV is losing players left and right to transfer and the NBA Draft and the fourth Rebel to declare for the draft to do so is forward Chris Obekpa, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Obekpa did not hire an agent so he has until May 25 to return to UNLV. He also has not played a single minute for..." April 08

  • Rawle Alkins decides on his college choice tonight

    Rumble in the Garden "The long recruiting tale that has been St. John's pursuit of New York native Rawle Alkins is coming to an end - tonight! After more drama than The Bachelor, we will finally know who gets the signature on the LOI. According to Paul Biancardi, Rawle Alkins is ending his recruitment after only..." March 07

  • Ochefu makes offensive impact to lead No. 1 Villanova

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With top-ranked Villanova's shots not falling against struggling St. John's, Daniel Ochefu stepped up. The Wildcats' senior center had perhaps the most dominant performance of his collegiate career, setting a new personal best with 25 points to lead the No. 1 team in the..." February 13

  • German forward Richard Freudenberg commits to St. John's

    ESPN "St. John's is struggling on the court in Chris Mullin's first season, but the Red Storm are stockpiling talent for the 2016-17 campaign. Germany native Richard Freudenberg committed to St. John's on Thursday morning, sources told ESPN. Freudenberg, a 6-foot-8 wing forward, chose the Red..." February 04

  • St. John's center Yankuba Sima out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

    Rumble in the Garden "St. John's was delivered a huge blow before their fourth Big East game against Marquette, as freshman center Yankuba Sima is out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left hand, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post. Sima played just 11 minutes (zero points) on Wednesday night against..." January 09

  • Chris Mullin has no regrets over St. John’s promise: ‘This is fun’

    New York Post "There are times, he admits, when it still seems awfully surreal to him. There are times, when the whistle blows, when the players are racing for a timeout huddle, when Chris Mullin will look into the stands, find the familiar face of Lou Carnesecca, smile, shake his head, the message silent but..." December 18

  • St. John’s announces Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared to play by NCAA

    New York Daily News "The Fighting Mullins finally picked up a win in Maui on Wednesday, and they also added another body to their active roster. St. John’s learned from its experience of losing to a Division II program and beat Chaminade, 100-93, to claim seventh place in the three-day Maui Invitational after..." November 26

  • NCAA reinstates St. John's guard Felix Balamou

    Fox Sports "After missing the first two games of the season, St. John's guard Felix Balamou was reinstated by the NCAA on Thursday afternoon, the school announced. Hours before the Red Storm's home opener against Wagner, the university sent out a release stating Balamou had been suspended for an..." November 20

  • Felix Balamou suspended indefinitely for NCAA violation

    Fox Sports "For the second time this week, St. John's received an unfavorable decision from the NCAA regarding a player's eligibility. The school announced on Friday, hours before the Red Storm tip off against Wagner, that senior guard Felix Balamou was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified NCAA..." November 16

  • Marcus LoVett ruled ineligible, St. John’s encourages him to fight it

    New York Post "Chris Mullin’s job just got a a lot harder. Prized St. John’s freshman recruit Marcus LoVett Jr. has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA, the school announced, creating a mammoth hole at the point guard position. He is allowed to practice, but cannot play in games this season as a result..." November 12

  • Chris Mullin getting impatient with NCAA over Marcus LoVett ruling

    College Basketball Talk "St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin is starting to publicly question when the NCAA will make a decision on the eligibility of freshman point guard Marcus LoVett. The talented, but well-traveled, point guard was a major grab for the new head coach when he first took the job at St. John’s this..." November 09

  • Chris Mullin Hires Mitch Richmond as St. John’s Assistant

    New York Times "St. John’s added a second Hall of Famer to its coaching staff Tuesday, hiring Mitch Richmond as a special assistant to his former N.B.A. teammate, Coach Chris Mullin. From 1989 to 1991, Mullin and Richmond represented two-thirds of the dynamic, run-and-gun Golden State Warriors group that..." October 07

  • Shamorie Ponds signals new St. John’s era with commitment

    New York Post "“I think it’s really important that we dominate New York. If there’s a good player in New York City, he needs to come to St. John’s, if he wants to play the best basketball.” — Chris Mullin at his introductory press conference on April 1. Shamorie Ponds was listening. The 6-foot-1 Ponds, a..." September 30

  • Coveted basketball recruit Kassoum Yakwe commits to St. John's

    Sporting News - NCAAB "St. John's received a commitmet Sunday from four-star forward Kassoum Yakwe, per reports from 247Sports. The 6-foot-8 Yakwe, who hails from Bamako, Mali, was the leading shot-blocker in Nike's EYBL circuit this year. Yakwe also fielded interest from Indiana and Maryland, but had narrowed his..." August 24

  • Ex-St. John’s star Chris Obekpa transfers to UNLV

    New York Post "Chris Obekpa is headed to Sin City to revive his career. The former St. John’s shot-blocking dynamo announced his transfer to UNLV with an Instagram post on Wednesday that read “Rebirth” with a photo of the UNLV mascot. Obekpa has to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, and has one..." August 06

  • Former St. John's big man Chris Obekpa considering ASU

    Arizona Republic "Former St. John's big man Chris Obekpa -- among the nation's top shot blockers -- is considering Arizona State as a transfer option. Obekpa is visiting Minnesota this week. According to, he also is considering ASU, North Carolina State and Alabama. The 6-10 center -- who has one..." July 03

  • Italian point guard Federico Mussini commits to St. John's

    SB Nation "Chris Mullin landed a talented Italian point guard for next season on Monday morning. Federico Mussini has committed to St. John's over Gonzaga, Virginia, Providence and more, according to multiple reports. Mussini will be 19 years old for next season. Mussini measured at 6'1, 154 pounds at the..." June 29

  • Chris Obekpa To Transfer From St. John’s

    Red Storm Sports "Rising senior Chris Obekpa has decided to leave St. John’s University. He has been granted permission to pursue transfer opportunities with other NCAA member institutions. “We respect Chris’ decision and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin. “It was..." June 24

  • Rysheed Jordan leaves St. John's to pursue a pro career

    Yahoo! Sports "The rebuilding job Chris Mullin inherited at St. John's became a little bit more difficult Friday when one of his best players announced he will not return next season. Rysheed Jordan, the Big East's ninth-leading scorer this past season, will forgo his remaining two years of college..." June 08

  • St. John’s guard is an NBA Draft long shot you can believe in

    New York Post "If you look at any of the mock NBA drafts, you won’t see Phil Greene IV’s name. Though the former St. John’s guard isn’t projected to be among the 60 players whose name is called at Barclays Center on June 25, it hasn’t dampened Greene’s enthusiasm for the process — or his belief that he’ll..." June 03

  • Rysheed Jordan to be ruled academically ineligible for fall semester, future with Red Storm in jeopardy

    New York Daily News "St. John’s guard Rysheed Jordan is expected to be ruled academically ineligible to play in the fall semester of the 2015-16 season and it’s possible he may not play again for the Red Storm, two sources told the Daily News. The 6-4 guard averaged 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in..." May 26

  • 2015 point guard Marcus LoVett Jr. selects St. John's over Illinois and Memphis

    The Champaign Room "The writing has been on the wall for months, but Illini fans refused to accept it. Marcus LoVett Jr. announced his commitment to St. John's late Wednesday night via Twitter; the Morgan Park (IL) star selected the Red Storm over Illinois, Memphis, and a few other schools. Illinois still has one..." May 21

  • 2015 shooting guard Malik Ellison commits to St. John’s

    Zagsblog "St. John’s coach Chris Mullin landed his second commitment of the week on Friday when Malik Ellison, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Burlington (N.J.) Life Center Academy, chose the Red Storm. Ellison visited St. John’s on Tuesday, the same day that former Pittsburgh small forward Durand Johnson..." May 03

  • St. John’s consolation prize: Pitt transfer Durand Johnson

    New York Post "There was no Cheick Diallo hangover for St. John’s. Less than 24 hours after the McDonald’s All-American picked Kansas over the Red Storm and Kentucky, new coach Chris Mullin received a commitment from Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson, potentially a coup for next year’s team. “Just being..." April 30

  • Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson commits to St. John's

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh transfer Durand Johnson has committed to St. John's, he told on Wednesday. Since he's already a college graduate, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately next season. "The visit was great," Johnson said. "Everything felt right. I just want to be a part of..." April 29

  • Bears' Mvouika to play final season at St. John's

    Springfield News-Leader "Ron Mvouika announced on Twitter early Tuesday that he will transfer from Missouri State and play his final basketball season at St. John's. The 6-foot-6 forward who played in only two games last season due to a back injury is scheduled to graduate in August. He will be eligible next season at..." April 21

  • Rysheed Jordan is returning to St. John's for his junior season

    Rumble in the Garden "With no experienced point guards on the roster, Chris Mullin and St. John's desperately needed some help in the backcourt. They received great news on Tuesday night as Rysheed Jordan announced on Twitter that he will be setting aside the NBA Draft to return to school for his junior..." April 15

  • Report: St. John's center Obekpa to return for senior season

    The Score "Chris Obekpa will return to St. John's for his senior season, according to a report by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Obekpa was suspended by the Red Storm prior to the NCAA tournament and then-head coach Steve Lavin said he wouldn't be surprised if the center left the program." April 07

  • Chris Mullin to become St. John’s coach, former Red Storm star will be 20th coach in program history

    New York Daily News "Chris Mullin is finally coming home. The St. John's celebrated star and basketball Hall of Famer has accepted the job and will become the Red Storm's 20th head coach. “He’s in,” a source close to Mullin told the Daily News, adding that he’s on his way to New York. The administration,..." March 30

  • Chris Mullin offered St. John's job

    ESPN New York "Chris Mullin has been offered the job to become the next head coach at St. John's, multiple sources told ESPN. One source told ESPN a deal could be done as soon as Sunday night. Mullin, 51, is one of the greatest players in St. John's history, winning the Big East Player of the Year award..." March 30

  • Steve Lavin and St. John’s have ‘mutally agreed’ to part ways

    New York Daily News "The Steve Lavin era is over at St. John's. St. John’s send out the following press release Friday afternoon: St. John's Director of Athletics Chris Monasch announced Friday that Steve Lavin and the University have mutually agreed to part ways after five seasons leading the men's basketball..." March 27

  • Sources: Steve Lavin’s Future at St. John’s in Doubt

    Zagsblog "Steve Lavin’s future at St. John’s is in doubt and the school’s administration is engaging in various discussions this week that could determine his future, multiple sources told “They’re meeting either this weekend or Monday to discuss the fate of Lavin,” one source said. Asked what..." March 25

  • Chris Obekpa suspended 2 weeks

    New York Post "This is March Madness of a different variety. Hours before St. John’s found out its NCAA Tournament destination, the school announced the suspension of forward Chris Obekpa for two weeks for a violation of team rules. Obekpa, averaging 5.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks — fifth most in..." March 15

  • Steve Lavin confident about his status as St. John’s head coach

    New York Daily News "Steve Lavin has the job he wants and the St. John’s coach said Thursday there are no signs the school’s support is wavering even as the Red Storm has seen its chances of reaching its first NCAA Tournament since 2011 slip from near-certainty to very much in doubt. “It’s never been an issue...." February 09

  • St. John’s star Rysheed Jordan in trouble for anti-gay slur

    New York Post "St. John’s guard Rysheed Jordan hasn’t spoken to the media in his first two seasons with the Red Storm, but social media still has allowed the sophomore to create trouble with his words. On Tuesday afternoon, Jordan sent messages containing gay slurs to two people on Twitter in response to a..." January 31

  • How Rysheed Jordan is becoming the player St. John’s envisioned

    New York Post "Whatever the reason was for Rysheed Jordan’s leave of absence, it seems to have done the trick. The enigmatic sophomore guard from Philadelphia is finally playing as expected entering Wednesday night’s contest at Creighton (9 p.m., FS1). The 6-foot-4 Jordan — who missed one game during his..." January 28

  • Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson commits to St. John's

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Arguably Louisiana's best 2015 basketball prospect committed to St. John's on Monday morning. Madison Prep shooting guard Brandon Sampson chose the New York university over a long list of options that also notably included LSU, Cal, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UCLA and USC. "I think it's a great..." January 12

  • St. John's point guard Rysheed Jordan to play on Tuesday vs. 'Nova

    CBS Sports "St. John's point guard Rysheed Jordan will return to action on Tuesday against Villanova following his leave of absence over the weekend. The school announced that Jordan returned to practice on Monday after a leave of absence due to personal and family matters after his grandmother passed away..." January 05

  • Rysheed Jordan to take indefinite leave of absence from St. John's

    Newsday "Rysheed Jordan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the St. John's basketball team, according to the school's athletic department. The sophomore guard will not be with the team for Saturday's game against Butler at Carnesecca Arena." January 04

  • St. John’s center regains eligibility by tracking down SATs

    New York Post "St. John’s freshman center Adonis De La Rosa is eligible after all – for the time being. The former Christ the King star from The Bronx, who was declared by ineligible St. John’s on Tuesday, has been cleared to rejoin the team immediately, though he will not play in games, sources confirmed to..." November 15

  • St. John’s freshman Adonis De La Rosa's season in danger over academic ineligibility

    New York Daily News "St. John's freshman Adonis De La Rosa is probably not going to play for the Red Storm this season after it was determined there were questions about his academic credentials, the Daily News has learned. “The St. John’s Athletic Department was recently informed by the NCAA Eligibility Center of..." November 12

  • St. John's F Keith Thomas ruled academically ineligible in 2014-15

    CBS Sports "St. John's forward Keith Thomas, an incoming transfer from Westchester Community College, will be academically ineligible for the 2014-15 season, according to a release from the school. The University has learned that Thomas does not meet the academic standards required by the NCAA for..." October 29

  • St. John’s: We have the best backcourt in the country

    New York Post "The basketball opener is more than a month away for St. John’s, but the Red Storm’s swagger is in midseason form. Take senior guard Phil Greene IV, for instance, who was asked if the Johnnies have the best backcourt in the Big East. “The country,” he said emphatically during St. John’s..." September 29

  • St. John's signs Amar Alibegovic from Bosnia

    Newsday "St. John's men's basketball is thinking big three. Recruits, that is. The Red Storm announced the signing of 6-9 Bosnian forward Amar Alibegovic on Wednesday. He is the third big man added this summer after 6-11 center Adonis Delarosa (Christ The King) and 6-8 forward Keith Thomas (Mount..." August 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Two-sport star Amir Garrett gives up college hoops for pro baseball

    CBS Sports "Blessed with the ability to play hoops and throw a wicked slider, Amir Garrett has lived an up-in-the-air life over the past three years. He was initially facing eligibility concerns at St. John's, back in the fall of 2011. But he stayed with the program and continued on with his hoops career the..." August 08

  • Red Storm’s Sampson feels strongly he’ll be drafted

    New York Post "He isn’t projected to be selected in many mock drafts and he’s ranked low in top 100 lists, but JaKarr Sampson enters Thursday’s NBA Draft with the same confidence the St. John’s product emitted when he made the surprising move to declare following his sophomore season. “I feel like I’m going..." June 25