1997–98 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team

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1997–1998 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
1997–1998 record22–10 (13–5 Big East)
Head coachFran Fraschilla (2nd year)
Assistant coachTom Billeter
Assistant coachRon Rutledge
Assistant coachDarren Savino
CaptainTarik Turner
Felipe Lopez
Zendon Hamilton
Home arenaAlumni Hall
Madison Square Garden
Seasons
1997–98 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Big East 6
#6 Connecticut 15 3   .833     32 5   .865
St. John's 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
West Virginia 11 7   .611     24 9   .727
Villanova 8 10   .444     12 17   .414
Notre Dame 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Boston College 6 12   .333     15 16   .484
Big East 7
#21 Syracuse 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Miami 11 7   .611     18 10   .643
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
Providence 7 11   .389     13 16   .448
Pittsburgh 6 12   .333     11 16   .407
Rutgers 6 12   .333     14 15   .483
Georgetown 6 12   .333     16 15   .516
† 1998 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 30, 1998[1][2][3]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997–98 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team represented St. John's University during the 1997–98 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was coached by Fran Fraschilla in his second year at the school. 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 Year Hometown Notes
Ed Brown 14 F 6'8" RS Freshman Copiague, New York Transferred to Rhode Island
Mike Menniefield 21 F/C 6'8" Senior Greenville, South Carolina Graduated
Charles Minlend 34 F 6'6" RS Senior Cameroon, Africa Graduated

Class of 1997 signees[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ron Artest
SF
Queensbridge, NY La Salle Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Reggie Jessie
SF
Queensbridge, NY Bishop Loughlin High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Shannon Crooks
PG
Boston, MA Everett High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
James Felton
PF
Bayonne, NJ Marist High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Milos Dumic
C
Bijeljina, Yugoslavia St. Joseph by the Sea High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 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:

  • "1997 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Roster[edit]

1997–98 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 3 Chudney Gray 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
So Rice Bronx, NY
G 4 Tarik Turner (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr Oak Hill Charlottesville, VA
G 10 Kareem Syed (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So Hillcrest Queens, NY
G 11 Collin Charles 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
So Eastern Commerce Toronto, Ontario
G 13 Felipe López (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Sr Rice Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
G/F 15 Ron Artest 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Fr La Salle Queensbridge, NY
F/C 21 Milos Dumic 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Fr St. Joseph by the Sea (NY) Bijeljina, Yugoslavia
F 24 Giovanni Soto (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Sr Park West Far Rockaway, NY
G/F 25 Lavor Postell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So Westover Albany, GA
G 30 Shannon Crooks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Fr Everett Everett, MA
C 31 Zendon Hamilton (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Sr Sewanhaka Floral Park, NY
F 32 Tyrone Grant 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Jr Grady Brooklyn, NY
G/F 41 Reggie Jessie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Fr Bishop Loughlin Queensbridge, NY
F James Felton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Fr Marist Bayonne, NJ
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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
11/15/97*
Lafayette W 72-49  1-0
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
11/22/97*
St. Francis (N.Y.) W 83-73  2-0
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
11/27/97*
vs. AUPR
Puerto Rico Shootout Opening Round
W 93-81  3-0
 
San Juan, PR
11/28/97*
vs. Georgia Tech
Puerto Rico Shootout Semifinal
L 65-77  3-1
 
San Juan, PR
11/29/97*
vs. Illinois
Puerto Rico Shootout Consolation
W 83-66  4-1
 
San Juan, PR
12/03/97
Syracuse L 73-80  4-2 (0-1)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/06/97
at West Virginia L 70-86  4-3 (0-2)
WVU Coliseum 
Morgantown, WV
12/09/97*
Colgate W 69-53  5-3 (0-2)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
12/17/97*
at Manhattan W 84-60  6-3 (0-2)
Draddy Gymnasium 
New York, NY
12/20/97*
DePaul W 74-70 2OT 7-3 (0-2)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
12/26/97*
Niagara
ECAC Holiday Festival Semifinal
L 63-86  7-4 (0-2)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/27/97*
Drexel
ECAC Holiday Festival Consolation
W 75-46  8-4 (0-2)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
12/30/97
at Notre Dame W 79-69  9-4 (1-2)
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, IN
01/03/98
Seton Hall L 59-61  9-5 (1-3)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/06/98*
at Louisville L 67-73  9-6 (1-3)
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
01/10/98
at Georgetown W 66-60  10-6 (2-3)
MCI Center 
Washington, D.C.
01/13/98
Miami (F.L.) W 73-64  11-6 (3-3)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
01/17/98
at Providence W 63-56  12-6 (4-3)
Providence Civic Center 
Providence, RI
01/19/98
No. 10 Connecticut W 64-62  13-6 (5-3)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/22/98
at Pittsburgh W 90-83 2OT 14-6 (6-3)
Fitzgerald Field House 
Pittsburgh, PA
01/25/98
Villanova W 82-59  15-6 (7-3)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/28/98
Rutgers W 76-58  16-6 (8-3)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
01/31/98
Notre Dame L 65-73  16-7 (8-4)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/04/98
at Boston College W 91-79  17-7 (9-4)
Silvio O. Conte Forum 
Chestnut Hill, MA
02/07/98
No. 15 West Virginia W 77-69  18-7 (10-4)
Alumni Hall 
Queens, NY
02/15/98
at Seton Hall W 64-60  19-7 (11-4)
Continental Airlines Arena 
East Rutherford, NJ
02/18/98
Boston College W 66-61  20-7 (12-4)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
02/24/98
at No. 23 Syracuse W 67-65  21-7 (13-4)
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, NY
02/28/98
at No. 6 Connecticut L 58-87  21-8 (13-5)
Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
Big East Tournament
03/05/98
vs. Boston College
Big East Tournament Quarterfinal
W 91-80  22-8 (13-5)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
03/06/98
vs. No. 22 Syracuse
Big East Tournament Semifinal
L 67-69 OT 22-9 (13-5)
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
03/13/98
vs. (10) Detroit Mercy
NCAA First Round
L 64-66  22-10 (13-5)
United Center 
Chicago, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 24 Felipe Lopez San Antonio Spurs traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies

References[edit]