WATCH: St. John's basketball center Zuby Ejiofor records Block of the Year candidate

St. John's basketball backup center Zuby Ejiofor recored a Block of the Year candidate against Villanova.

Jan 6, 2024; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; St. John's Red Storm forward Zuby Ejiofor (24) blocks the
Jan 6, 2024; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; St. John's Red Storm forward Zuby Ejiofor (24) blocks the / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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There will not be many blocks better than the one Zuby Ejiofor had on Saturday afternoon for the St. John's basketball team.

Actually, let's predict there will not be a better block in the country than Ejiofor's this season.

Villanova was looking for anything to break the momentum of the Red Storm. Lance Ware had a dunk on their previous possession and Nahiem Alleyne missed a jumper on the other end of the floor for the Johnnies.

The Wildcats were looking to run in transtion.

Tyler Burton had an open lane to the basket after receiving a pass on the right wing from Hakim Hart and was ready to take advantage.

Burton took one dribble, zoomed passed Brady Dunlap, and was ready to get the silent crowd at the Finneran Pavilion on its feet for the first time all game.

Then Zuby Ejiofor met him.

The St. John's backup center did not think about being put on a poster. Instead, he made a poster of his own.

Ejiofor met the Villanova forward at the summit and blocked him so hard that Burton's body reverberated against the floor. It further asserted the dominance of the Johnnies, which led 24-11 at with 8:24 remaining in the first half.

It was his second block of the game, recording a volleyball spike a few possessions earlier, and he didn't see much playing time after. Ejiofor only finished with two points, one rebound, and two blocks in five minutes.

The stats didn't matter in the 81-71 victory for the Johnnies. The message was sent that St. John's will not back down to anybody.

The Red Storm (11-4, 3-1 Big East) won a road game played on-campus against Villanova for the first time since 1993 and are off to its best start in Big East play since the 2010-11 season.

Rick Pitino's squad appears ready for any challenge that comes it way and that will be the form of the Providence Friars (11-4, 2-2 Big East) on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m. ET, FoxSports1) at Madison Square Garden.

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