New York- In a season that started with much promise, St.John’s fans left Madison Square Garden utterly disappointed after they watched the final game of the 2018 season.
Their beloved team was run-off the court in the Big East quarterfinals by the number one seeded Xavier Wildcats, leaving johnnies fans thinking, what could have been?
Then, theres the Marcus Lovett drama. Lovett’s dad tweeted that his son would be shut down for the season, confusing fans, coaching staff, and even players. The Johnnies never bounced back from losing their star point guard, and a season filled with such promise ended with a beatdown.
Ryan Mittel, a disgruntled St. John’s fan, had this to say.
“I expected them to make the tournament this year, and this season was an utter failure. If Marcus Lovett was healthy, we would’ve made the tournament”
However, despite the much expected anger from St. John’s fans, there have been a couple of positives the team can take into next year. Shamoire Ponds blossomed into a superstar, as he received national attention for his extraordinary play, while averaging over 21 points per game.
Ponds led them to upsets over the fourth ranked Duke Blue Devils, and the number one team in the country at the time, the Villanova Wildcats. The red-storm garnered the national spotlight for a week straight, being labeled as “giant slayers.”
Many St. John’s fans seem to agree, and coaches around the Big East reiterated this. Many people believed in the Johnnies, and Villanova coach Jay Wright reaffirmed this.
“They’ve lost some close games without Lovett, but have been right there at the end in a position to win,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
Indeed the Johnnies were in every game, as seven of their Big East losses came by seven points or less. The red-storm seems to be right on the cusp of success, and with the additions of transfers Mickey Dixon and Sedee Keita next season, the sky is the limit.
Wright continued telling the New York Post, “When we played St.John’s last time, I said that they’re a really good team. When they beat Duke, I said it’s not surprising, and they beat us, and it’s not a surprise to us.”
This team has potential, but the real question is can they get it together. After losing 11 games in a row, the Johnnies seemed to recover from life without Lovett, and finished the season strong, winning six of their last nine games.
“I think next year its tournament or bust,” said Joe DiFonzo, a die hard St. John’s fan.
Good news for St. John’s fans is that many teams in the Big East are graduating their core players, while the Johnnies are keeping their core intact, while adding some talented recruits, specifically four star shooting guard, Greg Williams.
Red-Storm fans are hoping that selection Sunday will have some meaning for them, but for now, they are left with the same old, “next year is our year.”
The sky is the limit for this young team, and only time will tell if this St. John’s team is different from all the rest.