St. John’s basketball: 5 takeaways from trip to Dominican Republic

St. John's basketball guard Posh Alexander (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball guard Posh Alexander (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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St. John’s basketball guard Montez Mathis (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

Guard Battle is On

One of the biggest questions surrounding the St. John’s basketball team is how the minutes will be distributed among the guards.

Joel Soriano, Esahia Nyiwe, and O’Mar Stanley have the front court set with David Jones having the ability to play in the backcourt or frontcourt but the rest of the rotation is still to be determined.

Freshman center Mohamed Keita will likely redshirt for the Johnnies and forward Drissa Traore, who redshirted last season, is likely only to see a very limited amount of minutes.

Posh Alexander will likely average close to 35 minutes per game as the team’s starting point guard  and Andre Curbelo will also likely see major minutes after his transfer from Illinois.

Freshman Kolby King was also a redshirt candidate but the Pembroke Pines, Florida native has impressed in the offseason and will likely be in the rotation throughout the season.

Veterans Montez Mathis, Dylan Addae-Wusu, and Rafael Pinzon will all be competing for the bulk of minutes as freshman AJ Storr has also impressed and will be a key rotational piece for the Johnnies this season.

The players who are able to shoot the ball at the highest percentage and be elite communicators in the defensive style of Mike Anderson are the ones that should receive the bulk of the playing time this season.

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