St. John’s basketball: 4 things to watch for this season

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St. John’s basketball center Joel Soriano (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

No. 2 Thing to Watch for St. John’s basketball: 

Joel Soriano Stats in Big East play

St. John’s is hoping its found a center who can compete with the best big men in the Big East Conference in Fordham transfer Joel Soriano.

The Red Storm have struggled with its front-court in conference play in recent memory, getting out-muscled and out-rebounded once January and February roll around after seeing its forwards have success against inferior competition in the non-conference schedule.

Joel Soriano has shown good progress since arriving in Queens as he has dropped a significant amount of weight and is hoping to be the anchor Mike Anderson is looking for in the paint.

The Yonkers, New York native went for 17 points, 13 in the second half, on perfect 6-for-6 shooting in the exhibition game against Baruch and followed that up with 16 points and nine rebounds against Rhode Island in the ‘secret’ scrimmage.

Soriano will have chances to prove he can compete against high-majors against Indiana and Kansas but the rest test will come against teams like Providence, Seton Hall, and UConn.