Phil Green, left to right, D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photos courtesy St. John’s University.
BY CARMINE CARCIERI
Following a season that consisted of a 21-12 record and an NCAA Tournament berth, St. John’s launched three gritty, hard working prospects, Sir’Dominic Pointer, D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV, to the next step of their basketball careers: The opportunity to play in the NBA.
Pointer, a 6 foot, 5 inch-tall shooting guard/small forward from Detroit, was the lone Johnnie to be selected in the NBA Draft at the end of June, as the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn’t pass on the freak athlete in the second round, 53rd overall.
The stat stuffer and 1,000 point scorer had a breakout senior season at St. John’s, averaging 13.7 points per game, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting an efficient 52 percent from the field. Pointer was named Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year for his ability to guard multiple positions, was selected as a 2nd Team All-Big East member and won the Haggerty Award given to the best player in Tri State/NYC area.
Pointer, 23, has the potential to be an effective player at the next level with his defensive energy and his quickness on the fast break, but he must develop a consistent mid-range shot to be a true threat offensively.
Harrison and Greene both went undrafted at the Barclays Center, but quickly picked up Summer League offers from multiple teams.
After receiving proposals from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, Harrison, an undersized shooting guard, committed to play with his hometown Houston Rockets.
The Missouri City, Texas native averaged 17.5 points per game in his final season on campus, is ranked third all-time in scoring in St. John’s history and is first in program history in three pointers made.
Greene, a talented player from Chicago, was offered a Summer League contract with the Toronto Raptors, where he will play with his former teammate, Orlando Sanchez.
The 6 foot, 2 inch-tall shooting guard scored 13 points per game last year and shot 39 percent from the field. He too is a 1,000-point scorer and has been a clutch player throughout his career, including 11-straight points down the stretch in a victory over Syracuse.
While Greene is a solid athlete, a streaky spot up shooter and a strong defender, he must prove to the Raptors brass that he is willing to continue to work on his dribble drives and passing.
There are no guarantees that all three alumnus will be playing in the Association on Opening Night, but their tenacity, drive, passion and love for the game will give them an upper hand to impress coaching staffs and executives throughout the league.