Storm is Finally Rising
Mar 09, 2021 | 5741 views | 0 0 comments | 744 744 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There's something special about Championship Week. It's the great appetizer that you get to enjoy before the unbelievable entree that awaits you during a great meal.

The games are dramatic with moments you'll remember forever. Gerry McNamara and Kemba Walker became legends with their epic runs at Madison Square Garden.

The six-overtime classic between Syracuse and UConn is a game that I will be telling everyone I attended for the rest of my life.

I think you get the picture, I really love championship week.

I also love watching a team have an opportunity to play their way into the NCAA Tournament. St. John's has an opportunity to play their way into the field of 68, and that's exciting.

They have a very young team. Posh Alexander and Julian Champagnie have emerged as potential cornerstones for the program.

The team has embraced the coaching style of Mike Anderson, and it's obvious that the veteran coach has his players buying into his beliefs and system in a short amount of time.

You've seen some great flashes out of St. John’s this season, like the dominant win over Villanova in early February.

But you also saw the lapses of a young team falling short in two games they had no business in losing against Butler and at home against DePaul.

I understand that college basketball programs are judged by their success in the NCAA Tournament, there's no getting around that.

But regardless of the outcome of Championship Week, the Johnnies finally have a program you can believe in.

They have an experienced, winning head coach, and they are finally recruiting players that buy into the message of Mike Anderson and fit what he is looking to do.

The arrow is pointing up, and that is a beautiful thing for New York City basketball fans.

A long overdue Red Storm is coming indeed.
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