St. John’s basketball looking to expand 3-point shooting in sophomore year

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Sophomore. Sophia Nolan. 6-foot-1. F. player. 478

A forward is looking to expand her 3-point shooting range for the St. John’s basketball program.

Sophia Nolan was another freshman on the St. John’s basketball team last season that saw her minutes decrease as the year progressed.

Nolan, the twin sister of Emma Nolan, did not see the floor much in Big East play, but with more minutes to be spread around for head coach Joe Tartamella, the 6-foot-1 forward is hoping her sophomore year can be more fruitful on the court.

Last season the Marquette Catholic High School standout only played in 11 games for the Red Storm and received a total of six minutes since the turn of the calendar year.

Nolan was able to drop in three points in two separate games but her scoring was what made her such a highly touted recruit entering Queens.

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The Valparaiso, Indiana native is second on the all-time list a her high school in points (1,964), rebounds (800), steals (220), blocked shots (108), and three pointers made (153) and ranks third all-time in assists with 251.

Sophia Nolan’s decorated career continued as she was named as a two-time Co-Player of the Year by the Northwest Indiana Times, Michigan City, News-Dispatch, and Post-Tribune, while being a two-time selection to the IBCA Underclass Small School All-State Team.

Nolan was also a two-time Indiana All-Star and her school won back-to-back state championships.

How Sophia Nolan can see more time for St. John’s basketball?

The easiest way to see more playing time is scoring and rebounding but this Red Storm team should have plenty of scoring with Preseason All-Big East selections Leilani Correa and Qadashah Hoppie.

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Rebounding could be an issue for the Johnnies until they prove they can get things done on the glass, something that the team struggled with last season and the coaching staff will be looking to find rebounders who are willing to get physical in the paint.

The sophomore campaign for Sophia Nolan will begin on November 25 against St. Francis College (Brooklyn) at Carnesecca Arena.

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