Things learned in St. John’s basketball first loss of the season:
Julian Champagnie is a professional
The biggest news of the offseason for St. John’s was the return of forward Julian Champagnie after he tested the NBA Draft waters.
Champagnie has stated that he was “very close” to remaining in the draft but opted to come back to Queens for one more season, and that is all it will be.
The Brooklyn, New York native poured in a game-high 32 points, seven rebounds, and two assists and it almost looked effortless at times against Indiana.
Champagnie was 12-of-22 from the floor and 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
He looked like a professional basketball player on the court during the second half and he will be professional basketball player next year.
So enjoy it, St. John’s fans. Barring something unforeseen, Champagnie will be foregoing his senior season and be playing in the NBA next season because he is that good.