Tuesday, April 18, 2023

St. John's Add Three More New Standouts As Pitino Keeps Revamping Roster

@StJohnsBball retweeted Rick Pitino's tweet on Tuesday afternoon.


St. John's announced on Tuesday that they have added three more standout players as new Head Coach Rick Pitino continues to revamp their roster.

Sophomore guard Cruz Davis signed with St. John's after he played last season for Pitino at Iona. Sean Conway, a graduate transfer from Virginia Military Institute, committed to play at St. John's next season. Another graduate transfer, Nahiem Alleyne, will be joining St. John's after playing for the National Champion UConn Huskies.

Information on each new star of St. John's:

CRUZ DAVIS: Sophomore guard Cruz Davis was a unanimous All-MAAC Rookie Team selection with Iona last season, in which they won 27 games, the MAAC conference championship and was a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Plano, Texas, native averaged 6.5 points-per-game in 24 games, seven of which were starts. In 13 MAAC conference games, he averaged 8.3 PPG. He was the MAAC Rookie of the Week on January 9, after he put up a season-high 16 points on 8-13 shooting against Marist n January 6, followed two days later by a 13-point performance at Quinnipiac.

Pitino said in a statement, "Cruz is an elite athlete who is long and very active defensively. He is an extremely quick left hander with outstanding potential and upside."

SEAN CONWAY: The graduate transfer from Virginia Military Institute has 115 games of Division I experience, 85 of which were starts. He scored 1,006 points, notched 561 rebounds, and hit 199 three-pointers in his his four years with VMI.

In the 2022-23 season, when Conway was a senior, the 6-foot-5 wing ranked second on the team with a career-high 12.1 points, shot 41.8 percent from the field, and notched 4.9 rebounds per game. 

The Fairfield, Connecticut, native, put up double figures in points 17 times, and he led the team with 63 three-pointers, and was ranked sixth in the Southern Conference with an average of 2.1 threes per game, and 14th in the league with a 37.8 shooting percentage from behind the arc.

Pitino said in a statement, "Sean is an outstanding shooter and understands how to play in the EuroLeague offenses that we have installed. He moves well without the ball, he is a good passer, and he really understands how to play the game the right way."

NAHIEM ALLEYNE: The 6-foot-4 guard, a Buford, Georgia, native, played his first three years of college hoops at Virginia Tech and last season with UConn, a team that won the 2023 NCAA National Championship.

Alleyne has scored 1,072 points in his four years at the Division I level, and last season, he played in 38 games, including eight starts, for UConn, averaging 5.1 points in 17.9 minutes per game. He averaged 7.2 points in their NCAA Tournament games.

Pitino said in a statement, "Nahiem is a veteran coming off a national championship. He has had great success at both Virginia Tech and Connecticut, and he is a wonderful addition to our roster. Nahiem has strong fundamentals at both ends of the floor."

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