|St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin.|
St. John's is entering the season with one of the Big East’s most talented and experienced rosters and the highest expectations they have had in quite some time.
On Monday, that was recognized as the St. John’s men’s basketball team received votes in the Associated Press’s Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Red Storm, one of six Big East teams to receive votes, were ranked 25th on the ballot of CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and 24th on the ballot of the Omaha World-Herald’s Jon Nyatawa.
The Red Storm last received votes in the AP’s preseason poll prior to the 2013-14 campaign, when the Johnnies also recorded three points in the rankings system.
St. John’s was last ranked during the 2014-15 season, a campaign that saw the Johnnies register the program’s 28th NCAA Tournament appearance.
St. John's is led by Shamorie Ponds, who became a star last season, Marvin Clark II, Justin Simon, and Mustapha Heron, who was allowed to play this season after transferring from Auburn.
“We’ve got a lot of offensive players, we do," St. John's Head Coach Chris Mullin said ecently at St. John's Media Day at Carnesecca Arena. "Guys that have scored pretty big in college basketball ... Five guys on the court that have to share the ball, gotta set screens, be unselfish. I think a big factor for us is going to be on the defensive end. Being able to force turnovers and increase possessions so everyone gets a piece of the pie.”