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Always nice when the family thoroughly enjoyed visit. :D :D :D
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This is the first time that I can remember, where it feels like we are building a program, not just a team.

Lavin built a team, one that had a short window for success. When that success didn't happen, the future was bleak.

Norm tried to build a program, but when he couldn't even get that off the ground, he changed course to try to save his job (recruiting two juniors when we had 8 juniors already on the team, although those guys were huge to our success in 2011).

Jarvis didn't build anything here. He did a great job taking Fran's players to the next level, but he wasn't willing to work with coaches (local or otherwise) to bring players in. It's a good thing he did manage to land Hatten, otherwise those two years would have been a disaster. Once Hatten graduated though, there was no one to pick up the slack.

Fran had too short of a reign to have much of an impact. He definitely recruited better then anyone post-Looie, but you can't build a program in only 2 years. He also was not the brightest bulb in the shed WRT game coaching. I think, had he stayed, his results with us would be similar to what Ed Cooley has done at Providence. That's certainly better then what's gone on here the last two decades, but, having not been that far removed from the glory years at the time, the fan base probably would have lost patience with him.

Mahoney never brought in that third piece (a point guard) to complement Lopez and Hamilton. Ideally, that piece would have been a quality point guard, one year behind them school-wise. Obviously, I am describing Stephon Marbury, but he left Ga. Tech after one year, so I don't think he would have sustained the program, either. Still, he should have gotten someone halfway decent. Tarik Turner and Mo Brown were not the answers.

We're going to almost certainly play in the postseason this year (hopefully the NCAA Tournament), which would be progress. With the expected returnees next year, Mullin's continued improvements as a coach, and 3 talented freshman, we will have that great combination of youth, experience, and talent, which, unless you're Duke or Kentucky (or someone like that, which we certainly are not), is the only way to sustain success over more then a 1 or 2 year period. For the first time in a long time, I feel as though we are on course to do that.
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Wow , what a Christmas present for the coaches, team and fans. Congrats to everyone involved for their hard work. This is just a tremendous pickup. :D :D :D
From barely being able to field a team two seasons ago we may be very deep next season. Very , very excited.
Merry Christmas to all :)
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Not much to add but “Fantastic!”
We should glean and burn all the naysaying posts about Mullin and how he and his staff can’t coach and can’t recruit...what a little patience can bring...and as some have posted...Chris Mullin seems to be growing before our very eyes!
Nice
Blessings to all
SS&G
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In this era of college ball, I would expect some roster movement, but this is impressive.





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The fact that watching games at MSG helped him make a quicker decision to accept our offer shows just how much MSG means to any recruit. That is why I don't want to play more games at Carnesecca Arena. It will never replace a recruits interest in St.John's basketball. As our coaches continue to recruit better players we will fill the garden and win, win, win.
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Great NY Post article about J'Raan's recruitment and decision to come to St John's

https://nypost.com/2017/12/30/ncaa-scandal-leads-program-changing-recruit-to-st-johns/
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https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/945106593120694272

Welcome our newest member to the 2018 class!
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