2015–16 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team

The 2015–16 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team represented St. John's University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were coached by alumni and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Chris Mullin in his first year at the school. St. John's home games were played at Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden and was a member of the Big East Conference.

2015–16 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball
St. John's Red Storm logo.svg
ConferenceBig East Conference
2015–16 record8–24 (1–17 Big East)
Head coachChris Mullin (1st season)
Assistant coachBarry Rohrssen
Assistant coachMatt Abdelmassih
Assistant coachGreg St. Jean
Home arenaCarnesecca Arena
Madison Square Garden
Seasons
2015–16 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Villanova 16 2   .889     35 5   .875
#9 Xavier 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
#20 Seton Hall 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Providence 10 8   .556     24 11   .686
Butler 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Creighton 9 9   .500     20 15   .571
Marquette 8 10   .444     20 13   .606
Georgetown 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
DePaul 3 15   .167     9 22   .290
St. John's 1 17   .056     8 24   .250
2016 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

They finished the season with a record of 8–24, 1–17 in Big East play to finish in last place in conference. They lost to Marquette in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

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Previous seasonEdit

The Red Storm finished the 2014–15 season with a record of 21–12, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in fifth place in conference. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to Providence. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to San Diego State.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jamal Branch 0 G 6'3" 169 Senior Kansas City, Missouri Graduated
Phil Greene 1 G 6'2" 187 Senior Chicago, Illinois Graduated
Myles Stewart 2 G 6'5" 180 Freshman Los Angeles, California Transferred to Arizona State
D'Angelo Harrison 11 G 6'4" 202 Senior Missouri City, Texas Graduated
Chris Obekpa 12 F/C 6'10" 236 Junior Makurdi, Nigeria Transferred to UNLV
Sir'Dominic Pointer 15 G/F 6'5" 192 Senior Detroit, Michigan Graduated.
Drafted in 2015 NBA Draft
Jay Henderson 22 G 6'5" 180 Freshman Orlando, Florida Transferred to Louisville
Rysheed Jordan 23 G 6'4" 193 Sophomore Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Drafted in 2015 NBA Development League Draft
Adonis De La Rosa 31 C 7'0" 322 Freshman Bronx, New York Transferred to Williston State
Joey De La Rosa 34 C 6'11" 249 Senior Bronx, New York Transferred to LU–Belleville
Khadim Ndiaye 35 F 6'6" 195 Senior Queens, New York Graduated

RecruitingEdit

Class of 2015 signeesEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marcus LoVett, Jr.
PG
Fort Wayne, ID Morgan Park High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 21, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 80
Kassoum Yakwe
PF
Bamako, Mali Our Savior New American (N.Y) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Aug 23, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 80
Yankuba Sima
C
Girona, Spain Elev8 Sports Institute 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 13, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 79
Malik Ellison
SG
Voorhees, NJ Life Center Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) May 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 77
Federico Mussini
PG
Reggio Emilia, Italy Liceo Scientifico Aldo Moro 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jun 29, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247Sports:     ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Transfer additionsEdit

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Durand Johnson G/F 6'6" 210 GS Baltimore, Maryland grad student transfer from Pittsburgh (1 yr immediate eligibility)
Ron Mvouika G 6'6" 210 GS Paris, France grad student transfer from Missouri State (1 yr immediate eligibility)
Tariq Owens F 6'11" 190 Sophomore Odenton, MD transfer from Tennessee (3 yr eligibility remaining)
Darien Williams F 6'8" 225 Junior Cerritos, California junior college transfer from City College of San Francisco (2 yrs immediate eligibility)

Class of 2016 signeesEdit

RosterEdit

2015–16 St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Malik Ellison 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Life Center Academy Voorhees, NJ
F 1 Amar Alibegovic 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Istituto Tecnico Minerva Rome, Italy
F 2 Christian Jones 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr IMG Academy Arlington, TX
G 3 Marcus Lovett Jr. (I)   6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Morgan Park Fort Wayne, IN
G 4 Federico Mussini 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Liceo Scientifico Aldo Moro Reggio Emilia, Italy
G/F 5 Durand Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) GS Brewster Academy
Pittsburgh
Baltimore, MD
G 10 Felix Balamou 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Our Savior New American School Conakry, Guinea
F 11 Tariq Owens   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Mount Zion Prep
Tennessee
Odenton, MD
G 12 Elijah Holifield (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Pace Academy Atlanta, GA
F 14 Kassoum Yakwe 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Our Savior New American School Bamako, Mali
G 23 Abdul Dial (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Cardinal Newman West Palm Beach, Fla.
G/F 24 Ron Mvouika 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) GS Huntington Prep
Missouri State
Paris, France
C 35 Yankuba Sima 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Elev8 Sports Institute Girona, Spain
F 45 Darien Williams 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr St. John Bosco
City College of San Francisco
Cerritos, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 4, 2015*
7:00 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas L 58–90 
 16  Mussini   11  Jones   3  Tied  Carnesecca Arena (4,058)
Queens, NY
Nov 7, 2015*
4:00 pm
Sonoma State W 64–46 
 16  Sima   16  Sima   1  Tied  Carnesecca Arena (3,902)
Queens, NY
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
6:00 pm, FS1
Wagner W 66–57  1–0
 18  Mussini   8  Tied   3  Tied  Carnesecca Arena (4,677)
Queens, NY
Nov 16, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
UMBC
Maui Invitational opening round
W 75–53  2–0
 18  Mussini   9  Sima   6  Mussini  Carnesecca Arena (4,098)
Queens, NY
Nov 19, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
Rutgers
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 61–59  3–0
 13  Tied   11  Balamou   7  Balamou  Carnesecca Arena (4,540)
Queens, NY
Nov 23, 2015*
2:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 19 Vanderbilt
Maui Invitational quarterfinals
L 55–92  3–1
 14  Mussini   5  Jones   2  Mussini  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
Nov 24, 2015*
2:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 13 Indiana
Maui Invitational consolation second round
L 73–83  3–2
 17  Tied   7  Sima   4  Balamou  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
Nov 25, 2015*
2:30 pm, ESPNU
vs. Chaminade
Maui Invitational 7th place game
W 100–93  4–2
 24  Mussini   11  Jones   6  Mussini  Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
Dec 2, 2015*
7:00 pm
at Fordham L 57–73  4–3
 14  Balamou   5  Tied   5  Balamou  Rose Hill Gymnasium (3,068)
Bronx, NY
Dec 6, 2015*
11 am, FS1
St. Francis Brooklyn
Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival
W 63–56  5–3
 19  Johnson   10  Sima   6  Mussini  Madison Square Garden (7,196)
New York City, NY
Dec 9, 2015*
5:00 pm, FS1
Niagara W 48–44  6–3
 11  Mussini   8  Mvouika   4  Balamou  Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
Queens, NY
Dec 13, 2015*
12:00 pm, FS1
Syracuse W 84–72  7–3
 17  Mussini   9  Alibegovic   5  Mvouika  Madison Square Garden (13,473)
New York City, NY
Dec 18, 2015*
7:00 pm, FS1
Incarnate Word L 51–73  7–4
 15  Johnson   6  Johnson   3  Tied  Carnesecca Arena (4,120)
Queens, NY
Dec 20, 2015*
12:00 pm, FS1
NJIT L 74–83  7–5
 20  Mussini   14  Sima   4  Mvouika  Carnesecca Arena (4,414)
Queens, NY
Dec 22, 2015*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. No. 25 South Carolina
Hall of Fame Shootout
L 61–75  7–6
 16  Johnson   5  Johnson   3  Mussini  Mohegan Sun Arena (2,355)
Uncasville, CT
Big East regular season
Dec 31, 2015
2:00 pm, FS1
Creighton L 70–80  7–7
(0–1)
 17  Ellison   9  Jones   5  Balamou  Carnesecca Arena (4,633)
Queens, NY
Jan 2, 2016
3:30 pm, FS1
at No. 12 Providence
Big East New Year's Marathon
L 65–83  7–8
(0–2)
 14  Sima   8  Sima   3  Balamou  Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,410)
Providence, RI
Jan 6, 2016
9:00 pm, FS1
No. 10 Xavier L 66–74  7–9
(0–3)
 19  Tied   5  Tied   3  Johnson  Carnesecca Arena (4,168)
Queens, NY
Jan 9, 2016
2:00 pm, FSN
at Marquette L 75–81  7–10
(0–4)
 18  Johnson   11  Yakwe   5  Mvouika  BMO Harris Bradley Center (13,468)
Milwaukee, WI
Jan 13, 2016
6:30 pm, FS1
Georgetown L 73–93  7–11
(0–5)
 15  Mvouika   8  Yakwe   4  Mussini  Madison Square Garden (7,837)
New York City, NY
Jan 16, 2016
12:00 pm, FS1
at No. 23 Butler L 58–78  7–12
(0–6)
 14  Mussini   8  Yakwe   2  Tied  Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,144)
Indianapolis, IN
Jan 24, 2016
3:45 pm, CBSSN
Marquette L 73–78  7–13
(0–7)
 20  Johnson   8  Yakwe   3  Tied  Carnesecca Arena (1,032)
Queens, NY
Jan 27, 2016
7:00 pm, FS1
at Seton Hall L 60–79  7–14
(0–8)
 15  Jones   10  Yakwe   6  Ellison  Prudential Center (6,767)
Newark, NJ
Jan 31, 2016
12:00 pm, FOX
No. 6 Villanova L 53–68  7–15
(0–9)
 13  Johnson   10  Mvouika   6  Mvouika  Madison Square Garden (12,713)
New York City, NY
Feb 3, 2016
6:30 pm, FS1
at No. 6 Xavier L 83–90  7–16
(0–10)
 20  Balamou   7  Yakwe   3  Tied  Cintas Center (10,250)
Cincinnati, OH
Feb 6, 2016
4:30 pm, FSN
Butler L 56–89  7–17
(0–11)
 11  Yakwe   5  Sima   3  Sima  Carnesecca Arena (5,602)
Queens, NY
Feb 8, 2016
7:00 pm, FS1
at Georgetown L 67–92  7–18
(0–12)
 14  Jones   9  Jones   3  Ellison  Verizon Center (5,369)
Washington, D.C.
Feb 13, 2016
8:00 pm, CBSSN
at No. 1 Villanova L 63–73  7–19
(0–13)
 18  Alibegovic   6  Alibegovic   5  Ellison  Wells Fargo Center (18,052)
Philadelphia, PA
Feb 17, 2016
8:00 pm, CBSSN
DePaul W 80–65  8–19
(1–13)
 18  Johnson   11  Yakwe   5  Balamou  Carnesecca Arena (5,010)
Queens, NY
Feb 21, 2016
12:00 pm, FS1
Seton Hall L 61–62  8–20
(1–14)
 16  Yakwe   15  Yakwe   3  Ellison  Madison Square Garden (13,204)
New York City, NY
Feb 25, 2016
9:00 pm, FS1
at DePaul L 75–83  8–21
(1–15)
 20  Mvouika   6  Tied   7  Balamou  Allstate Arena (4,817)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 28, 2016
2:30 pm, FS1
at Creighton L 59–100  8–22
(1–16)
 17  Jones   6  Johnson   4  Tied  CenturyLink Center (17,351)
Omaha, NE
Mar 5, 2016
12:30 pm, FS1
Providence L 76–90  8–23
(1–17)
 15  Johnson   12  Jones   5  Tied  Madison Square Garden (10,079)
New York City, NY
Big East Tournament
Mar 9, 2016
9:30 pm, FS1
vs. Marquette
First round
L 93–101  8–24
 29  Jones   7  Jones   5  Ellison  Madison Square Garden (12,604)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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