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Wednesday / February 22.

St. John’s Harrison Named Big East Player of the Week — For the First Time

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When D’Angelo Harrison was suspended from the St. John’s program late last season, it seemed fair to wonder whether he would ever play another game for head coach Steve Lavin.

But Harrison spent part of the summer working with John Lucas in Texas, and ultimately worked his way back into Lavin’s good graces.

On Monday, he earned his first Big East Conference Player of the Week honors after shattering the Red Storm school mark for career 3-point field goals made.

It was the first-ever such honor for Harrison, surprising since he’s now a junior and has had a strong career on the court. 

Harrison becomes the first Red Storm Big East Player of the Week since Dwight Hardy garnered the award three times in 2010-11. Prior to Hardy’s honors, the most-recent St. John’s player of the Week was Daryll Hill on Jan. 3, 2005.

St. John’s leading scorer averaged 23.5 points per game during a week that included an 81-57 win over San Francisco on Wednesday and a 96-87 win over Youngstown State on Saturday. Harrison fired at a .609 clip from the field (14-of-23) and was 12-of-14 (.857) at the free throw line, averaged 4.5 rebounds, dealt five assists with only one turnover, and made two steals.

Harrison was a scorching 7-of-9 (.778) from long-distance during the week en route to eclipsing St. John’s all-time 3-point record. His new mark of 156 and counting bested the former record of 151, held by Willie Shaw (2000-03).

After netting 18 points in just 24 minutes vs. USF (Dec. 18), Harrison scored a season-best 29 points against Youngstown State (Dec. 21) and made a season-high five 3-pointers, his most since a 6-of-12 performance against Villanova on Jan. 2, 2013. The 29 points scored by the junior marked his highest total since putting up 36 points in that same Villanova game. Harrison also matched a season-high with four assists.

(Photo/Release: St. John’s)

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.