This year’s St. John’s roster doesn’t much resemble the one that returned the school to the NCAA Tournament last season: Six of the Red Storm’s eight scholarship players are new to the team. And so last night, using a starting five that included just one returning player (Malik Stith, pictured from last season), the young Johnnies kicked off their two-game exhibition by shooting 65.8 percent from the floor in a 110-80 rout of Division II C.W. Post. God’sgift Achiuwa led the team with 21 points, while fellow newcomers Phil Greene and D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 each. (Harrison, by the way, doesn’t seem concerned about the Red Storm’s inexperience: Back in April, he guaranteed the school would make the Final Four in 2012.) St. John’s was coached last night by assistants Mike Dunlap and Tony Chiles, as head coach Steve Lavin, the man responsible for this year’s heralded recruiting class, is still recuperating from prostate cancer surgery. [NYDN, RedStormSports.com]
Malik Stith, last season.