St. John’s basketball names Qadashah Hoppie as 2020-21 captain

The St. John's basketball logo on the team's shorts. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The St. John's basketball logo on the team's shorts. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program has named Qadashah Hoppie as a captain for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

As the country hopes college basketball will return in the late fall, teams and programs around the country are trying to adjust as best as usual and in these uncertain times you need a leader for players to lean on.

That’s exactly what St. John’s Women’s Basketball head coach Joe Tartamella and his staff are doing by naming rising senior guard Qadashah Hoppie as a team captain for the 2020-21 season.

The team announced the news on its social media page as the Lady Johnnies were prevented from returning to the NCAA Tournament last season after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the tournament.

However, St. John’s was able to finish the Big East Tournament which saw the No. 3 seed Red Storm fall to No. 2 Marquette in the semifinals.

St. John’s finished the season at 19-12 (11-7 Big East) and finished the season with wins in five of its last seven games.

As for Hoppie, the Staten Island native was named as an All-Big East Second Team selection after averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game in her junior season.

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The 5-foot-7 guard also was named as All-Met First Team selection and scored her 1,000 career point in a victory over Providence, becoming the 25th player in program history to reach the impressive milestone.

St. John’s will lose several key players from last season including seniors Alisha Kebbe and Alissa Alston while redshirt junior guard Tiana England is leaving the program and heading to Florida State as a graduate transfer.

Qadashah Hoppie will be the focal point of the Red Storm attack with a returning core of players such as Leilani Correa, Kadaja Bailey, Emma Nolan, and a handful of others.

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The program has not announced if there will be any other captains alongside Hoppie this season.

St. John’s will have even a tougher road to face this upcoming season as the 11-time National Champion Connecticut Huskies return to the Big East after a brief hiatus in the American Athletic Conference where the program never lost a game.