St. John’s basketball: Takeaways from disappointing result against Kansas

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St. John’s basketball takeaways against No. 8 Kansas

Front-Court Concerns

After seven games, two against high quality front-courts, there is now a real cause for concern regarding the St. John’s plethora of forwards.

Excluding Julian Champagnie, the St. John’s front-court combined for seven points and seven rebounds against Kansas.

Joel Soriano, the starting center and key transfer from Fordham, scored the first basket of the game and did not find the scoresheet after that.

The 6-foot-10 center ended the night with just two points and no rebounds in ten minutes of action as he picked up three fouls.

Aaron Wheeler played the most of the St. John’s front-court players with 16 minutes as he scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting from the floor and the free throw line. Wheeler also missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

Esahia Nyiwe was the only member of the Johnnies to have a positive +/- rating at +2 in his seven minutes of scoreless action.

O’Mar Stanley had four points and two rebounds in ten minutes as well, but the issues might run deeper than that.

Indiana and Kansas are in the rearview mirror and the front-court opposition will not take another uptick in talent until December 20 against Seton Hall.

Clearly there are things to fix for Mike Anderson and this coaching staff between now and then as St. John’s will be at a significant disadvantage without production from its front-court.