NEW YORK (Oct. 21, 2009) - St. John's head coach Norm Roberts was joined by Red Storm juniors D.J. Kennedy, Paris Horne and Malik Boothe at the BIG EAST Conference's annual Men's Basketball Media Day on Wednesday.
More than 200 reporters from television stations, newspapers, magazines, radio stations and websites from around the country attended the event, held at Madison Square Garden in the Red Storm's hometown of New York City.
Roberts and the Red Storm student-athletes discussed the upcoming season and touched upon a myriad of other BIG EAST and college basketball topics with reporters from the New York City area and the national media.
St. John's was picked 11th in the 2009-10 preseason vote of the league's head coaches. With 10 first-place votes and 218 total points, Villanova is the favorite to win the regular-season title in the 2009-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, followed closely by West Virginia, which received 215 points.
Notre Dame junior Luke Harangody was again named the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, also voted upon by the league's head coaches. Cincinnati's Lance Stephenson was selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year.
A four-man class of newcomers has been added to the 11 letterwinners returning to the court for the Red Storm in 2009-10, comprising Roberts' most experienced squad as he heads into his sixth season on the STJ bench. The 2009-10 Red Storm boasts six returnees with significant starting experience, and returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 95.1 percent of its rebounding from a 2008-09 squad that won 16 games, including St. John's first BIG EAST Tournament victory since 2003. Returning scoring leaders Horne (14.6 points per game, .435 field goal percentage), Kennedy (13.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and the Red Storm open their season vs. LIU on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Carnesecca Arena in Queens.
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