Can St. John's Return to It's Glory Days of Being NYC's Colleg Team & PACK MSG?

Just curious as to any ideas, recommendations fans of NYC Basketball might have about how a new coach at St. John's can return The Redmen to their glory days of being a power in college basketball/BIG EAST. I hope to hear from coaches(HS & AAU), parents and players from the PSAL/CHSAA & other NY/NJ HS Leagues.

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Comment by JEROME E. SCHNUPP on April 2, 2010 at 8:27pm
QUALITY GUY LAVIN. HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. NYC READY FOR SINNER. SO FAR HE LOOKS GOOD. HOPE HE IS TOUGH ALL THE DUMMY PUNDIT KNOW IT ALL NYC BASKETBALL FANS ETC WILL BE ON THE WATCH TO TANK HIM. LAVIN STAY FOCUSED YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO .
Comment by all day jay on April 2, 2010 at 5:32pm
This just in from Zagsblog Doron Lamb to meet with Lavin after final four

http://www.zagsblog.com/2010/04/02/lamb-to-meet-with-st-johns-lavin...
Comment by KING on April 2, 2010 at 5:26am
Levin going International? Sounds good... but like they say, you better lock down your backyard first! The International flavor sounds like the alternative but this is the Big East. Name 5 players from other countries that have been successful in Big East Basketball that came from International countries because I don't know them? Levin is under more pressure than any coach in America in a Big Time conference. He has to win now! The 2010-11 season will a be good one because he has a team that has a wealth of experience. But it will be the 2011-12 season that will tell it all. I predict he goes after a few big-time Juco and Prep stars, while sprinkling in some international and local studs. One of those players should be Shaq Thomas of NIA Prep, Newark NJ
Comment by JEROME E. SCHNUPP on March 30, 2010 at 9:44pm
GOOD LUCK LAVIN WILL RECRUIT INTERNATIONALLY. IN SOME WAYS BETTER TALENT THEN NYC. WILL STEAL AAUS THUNDER. GO FOR IT ST JOHNS.
Comment by COACH EAGLE on March 30, 2010 at 5:46pm
I listened to one of the Lavin interviews and it seems as if he will go international if NYC doesn't work out. Honestly, why kowtow to the clowns who run AAU basketball when you can get more disciplined athletes from outside of the city?
Comment by all day jay on March 30, 2010 at 4:44pm
it's official Lavin got the Job ...lets look at it this way if lavin can't get all of the NY recruits he will get top 100 recruits from other places. look at it this way When St. John's Was a force in the 80's and 90's and it was easier for them to keep top ny Talent Top City players like Kenny Anderson,Kenny Smith , Jamal Mashburn and etc. still went else where So getting Top Talent Matters no matter where they are from.

@King I agree on Omari Lawrence seen him play in person before and the dude is nice...next season could be a breakout season for him. On Paul Hewitt, great recruiter and a good coach but he has a thing for Recruiting and playing guards who are bigger Turnover machines than St.John's has now .
Comment by KING on March 30, 2010 at 5:01am
Well, well, well... Mr. Rich Kosik. Welcome to our site.

I think that its not impossible but very, very tough to return St. John's to the glory days because the players today don't know their history and frankly don't care about what used to happen. Society has all but deleted the past with new high tech ideas that makes yesterday a thing of the past. Its all about tomorrow. Immediate satisfaction and what can I get out of the deal. Unfortunately this is what is going on and until a highly respected player become a dominating force @St. John's has big numbers in the Big East, then we might see a few prospects return to the Red Storm we know and loved.

Omari Lawrence has that opportunity to ignite the flame. Many don't agree, but Omari has talent and hopefully will thrive under the New Head Coach. It amazes me how everybody is running to all of these school outside of our region and the media capital of the world is NYC. It doesn't get any bigger than this from business perspective. Maybe it's the scrutiny that one might experience if they play here. The pressure is great, but I thought that's what you want... Pressure! The expectation to be successful. Imagine if Lance Stephenson, Devin EBanks, Kevin Jones, Vincent Council, Danny Jennings, Thomas (Duke), Samardo Samuels and Eugene Harvey all stayed home and played for St. John's? We would be celebrating right now because they would be one of the best teams in America.

Unhonestly I don't think that Paul Hewitt would have done any better than Norm did. If Levin gets the job, St. John's will get a variety of players because he will be preceived as knowing what he's doing! He's a slick dresser, he's been very successful as a coach in a "Big Time" program and to many of our local prospects that's big.

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