St. John’s basketball: Players that must step up in absence of LJ Figueroa

St. John's basketball guard Greg Williams Jr. and head coach Mike Anderson
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St. John’s basketball forward Julian Champagnie makes a pass in a game. (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

Sophomore. player. 478. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. SF. Julian Champagnie. 2

Julian Champagnie is primed to have one of the biggest jumps in all of the Big East next season and although he might not be the top option on the Red Storm, he certainly will be one of the best players on the team.

In his freshman season, the Brooklyn, New York native averaged 9.9 points 6.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per contest, shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 31.2 percent from 3-point territory, but the All-Big East Freshman Team selection really came on strong towards the end of the season.

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Going back to February 12, Champagnie closed the season averaging 14.1 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 48.0 percent shooting from 3-point range.

While LJ Figueroa returning to St. John’s might have benefitted Champagnie more since team’s would be focusing on the senior rather the sophomore, the 6-foot-8 forward will have the ball in his hands more often and if he can sure up his permitter shooting on a consistent basis, the Johnnies will have a star on its hands.