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Sunday / October 21.

    Aidan Igiehon, the 6-foot-10 center from Lawrence Woodmere (NY) Academy and the Team Rio AAU program, will announce his college choice at noon on Friday at his high school, his high school coach told ZAGSBLOG.

    Igiehon lists Louisville, Kentucky, Oregon and St. John’s among his final four. He visited Oregon and then tripped to Louisville, but cancelled his visit to St. John’s and never visited Kentucky.

    Louisville coach Chris Mack visited Igiehon’s mother in her native Ireland, as did St. John’s assistant Matt Abdelmassih.


    NEW YORK — With the likely Big East Conference Preseason Player of the Year back for his junior season and a highly-touted transfer immediately eligible, expectations surrounding St. John’s this season are as high as any point since head coach Chris Mullin assumed the reins at his alma mater, and justifiably so.

    But while Mullin refused to acknowledge the pressure of the rising demands for the Red Storm, he was more than willing to admit that the return of Shamorie Ponds and arrival of Mustapha Heron makes his program a much stronger outfit than it had been last season.

    Ponds, who tested the NBA Draft waters before opting to return to campus, on Monday was named to the Bob Cousy Preseason Award Watch List. One day later, Heron, the Auburn transfer whose hardship waiver to play immediately was first reported by ZAGSBLOG, was named to the Jerry West Preseason Award Watch List.

    “I like this team,” Mullin said, giving a nod to the potential impact of Ponds and Heron as one of the dominant backcourts in the Big East, citing the latter as “another player defenses are going to have to account for.”