1996–97 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team

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1996–1997 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball
ECAC Holiday Festival Champions
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
1996–1997 record 13–14 (8–10 Big East)
Head coach Fran Fraschilla (1st year)
Assistant coach Ron Rutledge
Assistant coach Darren Savino
Home arena Alumni Hall
Madison Square Garden
Seasons
1996–97 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Big East 6
#20 Villanova 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
#23 Boston College 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
West Virginia 11 7   .611     21 10   .677
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     16 14   .533
St. John's 8 10   .444     13 15   .464
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
Big East 7
Georgetown 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Providence 10 8   .556     24 12   .667
Pittsburgh 10 8   .556     18 15   .545
Miami 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Syracuse 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Seton Hall 5 13   .278     10 18   .357
Rutgers 5 13   .278     11 16   .407
† 1997 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 31, 1997[1][2][3]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996–97 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team represented St. John's University during the 1996–97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was coached by Fran Fraschilla in his first year at the school after replacing Brian Mahoney. St. John's home games are played at Alumni Hall and Madison Square Garden and the team is a member of the Big East Conference.

Off season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Maurice Brown 5 G 5'9" Senior Graduated
Thomas Bayne 22 F 6'10" Senior Graduated
Derek Brown 23 G 6'3" RS Senior Graduated
Rowan Barrett 24 G/F 6'5" Senior Graduated. Entered 1997 NBA Draft
Fred Lyson 44 G/F 6'7" RS Junior Transferred

Class of 1996 signees[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lavor Postell
SF
Albany, GA Westover High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Chudney Gray
PG
Bronx, NY Rice High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Collin Charles
PG
Toronto, Ontario Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

1996–97 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 3 Gray, ChudneyChudney Gray 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Fr Rice Bronx, NY
G 4 Turner, TarikTarik Turner 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Oak Hill Charlottesville, VA
G 10 Syed, KareemKareem Syed 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr Hillcrest Queens, NY
G 11 Charles, CollinCollin Charles 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Fr Eastern Commerce Toronto, Ontario
G 13 López, FelipeFelipe López 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr Rice Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
F 14 Brown, EdEd Brown 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So Copiague Copiague, NY
F/C 21 Menniefield, MikeMike Menniefield 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Sr Southside/Spartanburg Methodist Greenville, SC
F 25 Postell, LavorLavor Postell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Fr Westover Albany, GA
C 31 Hamilton, ZendonZendon Hamilton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Jr Sewanhaka Floral Park, NY
F 32 Grant, TyroneTyrone Grant 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Grady Brooklyn, NY
F 34 Minlend, CharlesCharles Minlend 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
RS Sr St. Thomas More School Cameroon, Africa
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Ron Rutledge
  • Darren Savino

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/23/96*
LIU Brooklyn L 73-76  0-1
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
11/30/96*
Hofstra W 77-54  1-1
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
12/03/96
Miami (F.L.) W 61-57  2-1 (1-0)
Miami Arena 
Miami, FL
12/07/96
No. 5 Villanova L 70-82  2-2 (1-1)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/11/96*
No. 5 Michigan L 61-76  2-3
Nassau Coliseum 
Uniondale, NY
12/15/96*
at No. 17 Minnesota L 39-77  2-4
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
12/21/96*
Fairleigh Dickinson W 77-50  3-4
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
12/26/96*
Manhattan
ECAC Holiday Festival Semifinal
W 68-61  4-4
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/28/96*
Georgia Tech
ECAC Holiday Festival Championship
W 67-55  5-4
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/02/97
at Providence L 77-67  5-5 (1-2)
Providence Civic Center 
Providence, RI
01/04/97
Pittsburgh W 75-64  6-5 (2-2)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/08/97
at Connecticut W 71-67 OT 7-5 (3-2)
Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
01/12/97
West Virginia L 77-90  7-6 (3-3)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
01/14/97*
at Niagara W 62-40  8-6
Gallagher Center 
Niagara, NY
01/18/97
at Pittsburgh W 60-55  9-6 (4-3)
Fitzgerald Field House 
Pittsburgh, PA
01/21/97
at Georgetown L 57-62  9-7 (4-4)
USAir Arena 
Landover, MD
01/25/97
Providence L 59-72  9-8 (4-5)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/29/97
Rutgers L 47-49  9-9 (4-6)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/01/97
Georgetown L 68-71  9-10 (4-7)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/04/97
at Notre Dame L 70-75  9-11 (4-8)
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
02/09/97
Boston College L 80-81 OT 9-12 (4-9)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/12/97
Syracuse W 91-87  10-12 (5-9)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/15/97
at Rutgers W 73-58  11-12 (6-9)
Louis Brown Athletic Center 
Piscataway, NJ
02/19/97
at No. 19 Villanova L 54-65  11-13 (6-10)
CoreStates Center 
Philadelphia, PA
02/22/97
Miami (F.L.) W 77-73  12-13 (7-10)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
02/26/97
at Seton Hall W 66-62  13-13 (8-10)
Continental Airlines Arena 
East Rutherford, NJ
Big East Tournament
03/05/97
vs. Miami (F.L.)
Big East Tournament First Round
L 68-76 OT 13-14
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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