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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314115

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Per SJU press release

Jan. 10, 2019) – St. John’s will honor the late great Solly Walker on Saturday with a pregame ceremony for the newly created Solly Walker Academic Support Services Fund and dedication of the Solly Walker Academic Study Hall, before an on-court recognition featuring several of his family members during the Red Storm’s contest against DePaul inside Carnesecca Arena. Walker, who was the first African American player to ever wear a St. John’s varsity uniform, lettered from 1951-54 and was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

Walker came to St. John’s from Boys High School in Brooklyn and played in 78 games, scoring 573 points and grabbing 496 rebounds during his collegiate career. In his first year at St. John’s in 1950-51, Walker led the freshman team to a 17-2 record by averaging 15.1 points per game.

His first year on the varsity squad was a memorable one, as Walker helped lead St. John’s to the NCAA Championship game, which marked the first of two Final Four appearances in program history. He played in 30 games and averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds during the 25-6 campaign under Hall of Fame coach Frank McGuire.

In 1952-53, Walker helped St. John’s advance to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) title game by averaging 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. He played in all 23 games as the team posted a 17-6 overall record.

Walker enjoyed his finest season as a senior in 1953-54, leading the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (12.2 rpg).

After college, Walker was drafted by the New York Knicks, but chose to pursue a long career with the New York City Board of Education, starting as a teacher and eventually serving as principal of the Manhattan School for the Multi-Handicapped.

Walker was always focused of the athletic success of St. John’s student-athletes and was deeply interested in their academic progress. The Shannon family, in tribute to Walker’s vision, developed and funded the Solly Walker Academic Support Service Fund to enhance the academic profile of the University’s student-athletes.

-- Red Storm –
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314131

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Don't sleep on DePaul. First, they came into our building last year and kicked our butt. Second, they are improved this year. Notre Dame was the only game that really got away from them.

Here are the other losses:
75-68 @ Northwestern: led by 15 with 10 min to go.
65-62 Boston College: led by 5 with 2 min to go.
74-65 Xavier: led by 6 with 5 min to go.
73-68 @ Villanova: led by 11 in 2nd half and by 8 with 11 min to go.

This looks to be a team that has talent, but has not yet learned how to win or close out games and not a pushover that can be looked at as an assumed win. They have also had a bye during the mid-week and have had extra time to prepare for us.
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314135

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RJGBOOTSY wrote:

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SJU1512 wrote: Big team up and down rotation. They run physical offense compressed to basket and look to beat you up on the interior. Reminds me of some of Cooley's Providence teams a few years back where they were big particularly 2-5 and tried to just wear you down running condensed flex for the better part of 40 minutes.

Apologies for the repetition, but for a physical team like this that wants to play at rim and does so effectively (56% from 2 as a team) and shoots the 3 so poorly (31%) the game is screaming for zone for meaningful stretches.

Was happy to see more of Trimble last night and think he's important in this game. He checked someone out into the stands (literally) at a key moment in the 2nd half to wrap up a defensive possession, had multiple above the rim rebounds in traffic, and after Ponds/Figgy might have the 3rd highest basketball IQ on the team. If he tosses in a few 3s in friendly confines of CA he can give us the 20+ productive minutes we desperately need right now.


As for Trimble, I agree. He was throwing around the 6'8 260 Paschal like a rag doll on more than one occasion. He had four big boy boards too. He has a good offensive IQ... needs some minutes to get there defensively, but his strength negates mismatches against PFs.


He played really well on defense and grabbed some rebounds. On offense he certainly played within his limitations and understands his role. But to say he threw Paschal around like a rag doll at any stage is a stretch. Paschall is a helluva player. Any team would in the country would be delighted to have him. he is big time.


What drives me nuts about Simon not playing within his limitations is exactly what I love about Trimble. As a freshman I believe he was fourth in the entire country in turnover % and he was #61 in assist:turnover ratio.
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314137

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Per Zach B
St Johns was off yesterday, practices later today, so Chris Mullin didn’t have an update during conference call on LJ Figueroa who was hurt late against Villanova
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314138

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Chris Mullin said he doesn’t know the reasoning for lack of late-game offensive execution in 2 losses: “We get off to a good start and we get a little lax thinking we’ll get those shots all night.” #sjubb
Per Marley Paul
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314143

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Paultzman wrote: Per Zach B
St Johns was off yesterday, practices later today, so Chris Mullin didn’t have an update during conference call on LJ Figueroa who was hurt late against Villanova


I thought he returned to the game, with about a minute to go?
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314144

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Nice recap of the great Solly Walker. Always been proud of him and St. John’s in those early years. Thanks Paultz.
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314145

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not an easy game. This is a really competitive conference. 13-5 may win conference this season.
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314150

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Paultzman wrote: Chris Mullin said he doesn’t know the reasoning for lack of late-game offensive execution in 2 losses: “We get off to a good start and we get a little lax thinking we’ll get those shots all night.” #sjubb
Per Marley Paul


I know a few thousand fans who have an idea of what it might be.
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(PRE-GAME) DePaul, Sat. Jan. 12, 6p, CBS SN / 970 AM 5 months 1 week ago #314153

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JohnnyFan wrote:

Paultzman wrote: Chris Mullin said he doesn’t know the reasoning for lack of late-game offensive execution in 2 losses: “We get off to a good start and we get a little lax thinking we’ll get those shots all night.” #sjubb
Per Marley Paul


I know a few thousand fans who have an idea of what it might be.


I luv the guy but, with all due respect, that comment is laughable.
And worrisome.
If the rotation doesn't 'expand' beyond Trimble to include Keita and Williams, we should brace ourselves for roller-coaster finishes and into the 'fates' of allowing refs to dictate the final score, the rest of this BEC season.
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