Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin and St. John's student-athletes met with the media on Thursday.
Red Storm clashes with the Cavaliers for the first time since the 2003 NIT (ESPN, Bloomberg Radio 1130-AM, Watch ESPN).
Red Storm meets the Hawks for the first time since 1980 (ESPNU, Bloomberg Radio 1130-AM, Watch ESPN).
Phil Greene scores 16 points for the Red Storm.
St. John's takes on the Wildcats for the 107th time in history on Wednesday at The Garden (ESPN2, Bloomberg Radio 1130-AM, Watch ESPN).
Tip Off Intro Video 2013
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St. John's defeats UConn 71-65 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6, 2013.
St. John's defeats NJIT 57-49 at Carnesecca Arena on Dec. 1, 2012.
St. John's defeats South Carolina 89-65 at Carnesecca Arena on Nov. 29, 2012.
Photos from St. John's 79-68 victory over Florida Gulf Coast at Carnesecca Arena on Nov. 24, 2012.
2012 Red Storm Tip-Off
On Balamou: An athletic wing with game-changing athleticism ... a dynamic scorer and finisher ... possesses limitless athleticism and basketball smarts ... floor game described as meteorically-rising ... noted for his above-the-rim style of play ... last name pronounced "BAH-lah-moo."
Steve Lavin On Balamou: "Felix is an explosive athlete with a fierce will and determination to compete at the highest levels of basketball. His athleticism, slashing ability and defensive prowess fit well with our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play. Felix has shown marked improvement over this past year. His best days of basketball are clearly ahead of him."
At Our Savior New American: Arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and played two seasons at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, Long Island, N.Y. ... the Pioneers' leading scorer as a senior (16.0 points per game) on a team with eight NCAA Division I prospects ... also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals ... helped OSNA post a 25-5 record in 2011-12 ... named a Top 20 all-star at Hoop Group Elite camp in 2011 ... following in the footsteps of 2010 predecessor Maurice Harkless, he captured the MVP award at the Port Chester CYP in Port Chester, Pa., in March of 2011 .... earned second team All-IS8 honors after leading Our Savior New American to the Jamaica, Queens, tournament's semifinals in the fall of 2011 ... selected the game MVP for the PrimeTime Shootout in Roselle, N.J., in February of 2012 ... coached at OSNA by Ron Stelzer ... also a standout on the soccer pitch for the Pioneers, scoring 31 goals with 13 assists as a senior in 2011.
Personal: Felix Roland Balamou ... born in Conakry, the national capital and largest city in the country of Guinea on the West Coast of Africa ... son of Anna Marie Kolie and the late Richard Balamou ... has one sister, Marguerite (34), and three brothers, Williams (25), August (20) and Georges (14) ... major is undecided but contemplating business.
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