For the second-straight year, St. John’s Men’s Basketball
produced the BIG EAST Conference’s Rookie of the Year.
JaKarr Sampson ’16C turned in an impressive season to take home
the award, only one year after current NBA star and former Red
Storm great Moe Harkless did the same.
But Sampson wasn’t the only young Johnny to make headlines, as
Chris Obekpa ’16C emerged as one of college basketball’s most
exciting defenders. He recorded 133 blocks on the year, shattering
the St. John’s single-season record of 76 previously set by Walter
Berry ’10CPS in 1986.
The year culminated in a dramatic victory in the First Round of
the NIT Tournament, as Sir’Dominic Pointer ’15C drained a
last-second jumper to cement a 12-point comeback over St. Joseph’s
With a squad of such promising underclassmen – and with a
post-season win under their belts – the Red Storm’s future looks