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St. John’s Alumni Report: Where are the Big Three Now?

(AP Photo)

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The 2015 St. John’s men’s basketball season is almost upon us and the Johnnies have a completely different team. It will be a new experience for the Johnnies as the last four years saw a similar team. Led by D’Angelo Harrison, Phil Green IV, and Sir ‘Dominic Pointer the Johnnies had veteran leadership to give to the younger guys. This season not so much as the whole coaching staff has changed, with Chris Mullin at the helm.

Lets take a look at what the big four are doing now after graduating from St John’s in May.

The NBA draft happened in June and it was not that kind to the graduating Johnnies. Two of the three players did not get drafted. However, Sir ‘Dominic Pointer was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers liked what they saw from him in workouts, and how he is able to bring both his intense defense with his explosiveness to the rim. As most Johnnie supporters know, Sir Dom did everything for the team, even playing center when Chris Obekpa was out. He would dive for every loose ball and left his heart out on the court. He was often given the nickname “mini Lebron” for his impact on the court and now, ironically, he will be playing with Lebron James come November.

There were high expectations for D’Angelo Harrison coming into his senior year. Known as a “head case”, he still brought offensive talent to the team and many thought he would land an NBA job. His senior year had ups and downs, and with a first round exit in the NCAA March Madness Tournament it was a mediocre season for Harrison. He was undersized for the shooting guard position, which might have held him back from getting drafted.

Harrison played for the Houston Rockets in the Summer League, which was his hometown team. He signed with Usak Sportif, a Turkish team just in case he did not make the Rockets team, which he did not. So, this season he will be playing in Turkey, which is not a bad situation for him. He will bring the team an explosive player off the bench, with a long ball threat as well. If he does well in Turkey, maybe an NBA team will sign him, but for now Harrison has found a home in overseas.

Phil Greene IV had a great career playing for St. John’s. While he did not necessarily have the hype in terms of making the NBA like Sir Dom and D’Angelo, he proved many people wrong. He was offered a spot on the Toronto Raptors Summer League Team. Many scouts say he needs to play in the D-League for a few years and gain the relative experience. If he found the right team, he would get the chance to play in the NBA. However, he followed Harrison and has chosen to play in Turkey. The team he plays for is called Bandirma Kirmizi, which is the same league Harrison plays in. Once teammates, they have the opportunity to play against each other. New places, but the goal is still the same – make the NBA.

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