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St. John’s hoping Julian Champagnie can return Dec. 29 after positive COVID-19 test
By ADAM ZAGORIA
St. John’s is hoping star forward Julian Champagnie can return for the Dec. 29 home game with Marquette after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 17.
Champagnie is in isolation for 10 days per New York City protocols, and will miss his second game Thursday against Butler at Carnesecca Arena.
Champagnie was unable to play Saturday when the Red Storm (8-3) lost to Pittsburgh, 59-57, when Jamarius Burton made a basket with .4 seconds left in the Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The St. John’s star is averaging 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
“We found out a few days ago that [he tested positive],” St. John’s coach Mike Anderson said. “Then, of course, the protocols began. That’s the adjustment for a team. That’s one of your leading scorers [that can’t play], but I told our guys someone else has to step up. At the same time, we’re hopeful that Julain is going to be okay.”
St. John’s is already 1-0 in the Big East standings after Seton Hall had to forfeit Monday’s Big East opener at Prudential Center due to COVID protocols.
Monday’s game between DePaul and Creighton was also canceled.
Thursday’s Seton Hall-DePaul could also be canceled but nothing has been announced yet.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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