Basmir Ahmed Next Great JUCO Player for St. John’s?

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Chris Mullin and staff were able to get a victory off the basketball court this past week when Mullin was able to procure the services of Bashir Ahmed from Hutchinson Community College. Ahmed does have similarities with previous greats who have donned the red and white of St. Johns by being highly recruited and hailing from New York City. A third similarity that Ahmed has with other greats of St. John’s basketball is the route he took. Ahmed has a chance to build a legacy and be the cornerstone of a program similar to three other junior college transfers helped bring the Red Storm to glory.

The most successful two-year run since the retirement of Lou Carnesecca was during the 1999 and 2000 seasons when the Red Storm made it to the Elite Eight in 1999 and won the Big East tournament in the year 2000. One of the key contributors during that run was a player who had the first name was Marvis but most people know him as Bootsy Thornton. Thornton averaged over 15 points a game in his two seasons at St. John’s and was a clutch player who hit the game winning basket at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke in February 2000.

Marcus Hatten was another Johnnie who made a tremendous impact on the court after attending a junior college. During Hatten’s two seasons he averaged 21.2 points per game while on his way to two consecutive All Big East first-team selections. There were also two magical moments that Hatten provided for the Johnnie faithful. First was in January of 2003 when Hatten made a crucial steal and made the game winning free throw with no time on the clock to lead St. John’s over Duke. Second was in April of 2003 when the Johnnies cut down the nets at MSG after defeating Georgetown for the NIT title.

In Steve Lavin’s first season as head coach at St. John’s the Red Storm were orchestrating upsets over national ranked opponents on a weekly basis. The maestro of these upset was Dwight Hardy. The JUCO transfer from Indian Hills Community College brought up his scoring average from 10.5 points a game in 2010 to 18.3 in 2011. Hardy’s brightest moment was when he hit an acrobatic game winning lay-up against Pittsburgh to secure the 60-59 victory.

All three of these men had team success, personal success, and victories against Duke on their resumes. Ahmed will only have two years of eligibility for the Red Storm but can make an impact that is felt for years to come and can have Madison Square Garden roaring again for St. John’s.

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