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St. John's University has announced the nine outstanding individuals who will be enshrined into the Athletics Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2021. The honorees that make up the 22nd class in program history will be celebrated during the St. John's Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, October 23 during the University's Homecoming Weekend.
The 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame class includes former student-athletes and coaches who achieved excellence in their sport while representing St. John's on the national and international levels. The Athletics Hall of Fame committee unanimously recommended the nine individuals for this most prestigious honor.
This year's class is headlined by 17-year NBA veteran and current ESPN/ABC commentator Mark Jackson. The list of honorees also includes baseball standout Ralph Addonizio, men's soccer All-American Kevin Daly, men's basketball star Joe DePre, long-time Track & Field/Cross Country coach Jim Hurt, three-time football All-American Todd Jamison, two-time BIG EAST Women's Golf Champion Harin Lee, women's basketball All-American Shenneika Smith and three-time fencing Olympian Dagmara Wozniak.
"We are very excited announce these newest members of the St. John's Athletics Hall of Fame," said Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. "This is a tremendous class of honorees who have represented our University so well while shining at the highest level of their sport. It will be an honor to celebrate these individuals and welcome back all of our alumni during Homecoming Weekend next month."
Mark Jackson, one of the most prolific point guards in St. John's Basketball history, was a four-year letterwinner from 1983-87 under Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca. The program's career assists leader with 728, Jackson helped lead St. John's to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, including a berth in the 1985 Final Four. The Brooklyn native currently ranks ninth on the career steals lists (174) and 25th on the career scoring list (1,328). Jackson is the only player in program history to record more than 1,200 points and 600 assists.
A two-time First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 1986 and 1987, Jackson owns the St. John's record with 131 career appearances. After a stellar freshman campaign in 1983-84, he was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, dishing out 108 assists while shooting a career-best 57.5 percent from the field in 30 games. In 1984-85 as a sophomore, Jackson was instrumental in St. John's run to the Final Four, as he recorded 109 assists and finished second on the team with a 56.4 field goal percentage.
Jackson emerged as one of the premier point guards in the nation during his junior season in 1985-86, dishing out a then-NCAA record 328 assists, which currently stands as the seventh-highest single-season total in NCAA Division I history. His 150 assists in BIG EAST games were a league record, and he also averaged 11.3 points per game. Jackson was named an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American that year after helping lead St. John's to its second BIG EAST Tournament title.
During his senior season, Jackson was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was selected All-America Second Team by the Associated Press, UPI and Basketball Weekly. He was also a co-recipient of the Haggerty Award, presented to the top player in the metropolitan area, after averaging 18.9 points and 6.4 assists as a senior in 1986-87.
A first round draft pick by the New York Knicks in 1987, Jackson went on to a successful NBA career playing for the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. Jackson currently ranks fourth on the NBA's career assists list with 10,334 to go with 12,489 points and 4,963 rebounds.
A power-hitting catcher who helped lead the Redmen to a pair of College World Series appearances during his three varsity seasons, Ralph Addonizio was one of the team's most prolific players during one of the most successful periods in St. John's Baseball history. As a senior in 1968, Addonizio led the team with a .353 batting average, eight doubles and 24 RBIs. The Brooklyn native was named to the Metropolitan Baseball Conference All-Star Team, the District II All-Star Team and the College World Series All-Tournament Team. That season, St. John's tied for third in Omaha and was ranked sixth in the final national poll of the campaign. The Johnnies went 25-10 and, with Addonizio anchoring efforts behind the plate, turned in 53 consecutive scoreless innings stretching from the end of the regular season through the second game of the College World Series.
As a junior, Addonizio hit .269, but ranked second on the team with 18 walks to reach base at a .398 clip. He earned the first of two MBC All-Star nods for his efforts that year.
The Boston Red Sox selected Addonizio in the 21st round of the 1968 draft. He played 24 games with the Winston-Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League that summer.
One of the top defensive players in the nation during his tenure in Queens, Kevin Daly enjoyed one of the most highly decorated careers in Red Storm history. As a senior in 1997, the Englishman was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an NSCAA First Team All-American after leading the Red Storm to a BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and an 18-4-2 overall record. As a junior in 1996, Daly earned First Team All-BIG EAST and All-Region honors as the Johnnies reached the pinnacle of the sport, winning the school's first national championship. During his first two years with the Red Storm, Daly helped bring home a pair of BIG EAST Tournament titles, as the Johnnies won the last of four straight conference crowns dating back to 1992.
During his four-year tenure on the Red Storm backline, Daly helped the team turn in a cumulative goals against average of 0.72, including a 0.51 mark as a senior in 1997. As a team, St. John's went 70-16-8 with Daly on the roster.
Joe DePre was a three-year varsity letterwinner for the St. John's men's basketball program from 1967-70. A Westbury, N.Y., native, DePre helped lead the Johnnies to a 63-22 overall record over his three seasons, including back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1968 and 1969.
DePre starred in 85 games at St. John's and finished his career with 1,275 points, which ranks 28th on the program's all-time scoring list. He recorded career averages of 15.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting a blistering 48.8 percent from the field over his three seasons playing for Lou Carnesecca.
As a sophomore in 1967-68, DePre helped lead St. John's to a 19-8 overall record and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. He appeared in all 27 games and averaged 12.2 points while shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 72.4 percent at the free-throw line. During his junior campaign in 1968-69, St. John's posted a 23-6 overall record and made a trip to the East Regional Semifinal. That season, DePre averaged 16.1 points and shot a career best 49.4 percent from the field in 29 appearances.
DePre capped off his stellar collegiate career by leading St. John's to the National Invitation Tournament championship game during the 1969-70 season. Over 29 appearances, DePre led the team in scoring averaging at 16.5 points per game and shot a career best 80.6 percent at the line. He helped guide the Johnnies past Miami (Ohio), Georgia Tech and Army in the NIT at Madison Square Garden before falling in the title contest to Marquette.
DePre was selected in the second round with the 29th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns of the 1970 NBA Draft. He went on to play three years in the ABA for the New York Nets under the direction of Lou Carnesecca.
Jim Hurt took over the St. John's track & field/cross country teams in 1988 after first joining the program as an assistant in 1981. Hurt made his legacy with the Red Storm as the longest tenured head coach in the history of the department with 33 years of service to the University.
Under Hurt's leadership, his squads competed in 29 consecutive NCAA Championships and won 17 Metropolitan Championships, including back-to-back outdoor championships in 2018 and 2019. Hurt mentored 23 All-Americans in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track & field.
Hurt's athletes also made strides on the national and international level, as his athletes competed in five of the last seven Olympics dating back to 1996. Seventeen athletes and coaches have gone to 15 World Championships in Sweden, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Canada, Spain, Doha and the United States.
During his tenure, Hurt's teams also excelled in the classroom as well. In his final two seasons, 68 of his athletes earned BIG EAST All-Academic Honor Roll awards and his squads consistently posted GPAs of 3.50 or better while boasting one of the highest graduation rates in the nation.
Todd Jamison finished his three-year career as arguably one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the St. John's football program, as the quarterback helped the Johnnies to a 26-5 record and three first place finishes in the Met-Intercollegiate Conference.
Jamison was a two-time Associated Press All-America honoree and took home 1983 NCAA Division III Player of the Year after racking up 1,631 yards and 18 touchdowns. The three-time conference Player of the Year also led St. John's on a 14-game winning streak from 1981 to 1983, which was the longest active streak at that time.
In 1981, Jamison garnered Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention recognition after throwing for 1,337 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 537 yards and eight touchdowns to help lead St. John's to a 9-2 record. The following season, Jamison led the team in passing yards (1,338), rushing yards (675) and touchdowns (12) while also throwing for a team-best seven TDs. St. John's produced a 9-1 record in 1982.
Over his three-year career, Jamison tallied 328 completions for 4,306 yards and 43 touchdowns while boasting a 51.3 completion percentage. He also totaled 1,493 rushing yards and recorded 27 touchdowns on the ground.
After his time with St. John's, Jamison signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and USFL's Philadelphia Stars, playing four games with each team.
Harin Lee, the all-time winningest women's golfer in St. John's history, graduated in 2014 with a program-record 10 individual titles and four All-BIG EAST honors in as many tries. Lee was a two-time BIG EAST Champion, bookending her St. John's career with conference titles in 2011 and 2014.
Following her rookie season, Lee became the first St. John's women's golfer to be named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Three years later, as a senior, Lee took home BIG EAST Women's Golfer of the Year honors following her second BIG EAST individual victory.
Lee posted a 75.08 career stroke average in 97 events in her four-year career. The Bayside, N.Y., native, still holds the program's record for the lowest individual round, as she shot a 68 (-4) at the Brown Bear Invitational in 2011.
Shenneika Smith, who graduated in 2013, was St. John's second-ever WNBA draft pick after being selected 25th overall by the New York Liberty. The former St. John's standout scored 1,727 points during her collegiate career, the fifth-highest total in program history. The Brooklyn native also pulled down 783 boards during her playing days, one of only five student-athletes to grab more then 750 rebounds during a career.
Smith received numerous accolades over her time at St. John's, as she led the team in scoring in each of her final three seasons and was recognized in 2013 as a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American. Smith, a two-time First Team All-BIG EAST pick, was named All-Met Player of the Year in 2012 and was a two-time All-Met First Team honoree.
Smith's best season came as a senior in 2012-13, when she led the squad with 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest.
As a junior, Smith paced the Red Storm in scoring for the second-straight season with 12.5 points per game. Smith's junior year was highlighted by a last second 3-pointer that lifted St. John's to a 57-56 upset over No. 2 UConn, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak.
During her sophomore campaign, Smith led the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game, earning her a spot on an All-BIG EAST Second Team and the All-Met Second Team for the second-consecutive season. As a rookie in 2009-10, Smith was second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game. With 412 points during her rookie season, Smith still holds the title for the most by any freshman in program history.
After two years of playing professional basketball and a total seven seasons with the Jamaican National Team, Smith returned to St. John's in 2017 to accept a position as the assistant director of operations for women's basketball. Smith was promoted to assistant coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
Dagmara Wozniak was a four-time All-American with the fencing program from 2006-11. During her time in Queens, she won two bronze medals and finished in top-six in all four of her appearances at the NCAA Championships. Under the guidance of fellow St. John's Hall of Famer Head Coach Yury Gelman, Wozniak and the Red Storm twice finished as the national runner-up in 2007 and 2010 while also notching a third-place finish in 2011.
A four-time United States Olympian, Wozniak played a major role in capturing a bronze medal in the Women's Team Saber competition at the 2016 Rio Games. This past summer, she finished 25th individually and sixth with the saber team in Tokyo. In 2012, she placed eighth in the individual competition in London. Wozniak served as a substitute for the saber team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Aside from the Olympics, the Polish-born fencer has sustained prolonged success on the international circuit. Wozniak is a five-time medalist at the World Championships, highlighted by a gold in team competition in 2014. She has won three medals at the Pan American Games, including an individual gold in 2015, three at the Junior World Championships, and a team gold at the Cadet World Championship.