On Coker: A dominating big man and an imposing physical specimen, with added quickness from a tremendous offseason conditioning effort ... an intimidating shot-blocker on defense and a powerful rebounder on both ends of the floor ... has led the Red Storm in rejections in back-to-back seasons as a sophomore and junior ... an improving scorer who can face up or play with his back to the basket on offense ... owns an underrated mid-range jumper, particularly for an athlete his size.
Steve Lavin On Coker: "Dele has a strong physical presence. Offensively, he can run the floor and has an accurate mid-range jumpshot. Dele has a calm, quiet demeanor but a burning desire within to succeed."
As a Junior in 2009-10: Played in 28 of 33 contests, including 15 of 18 league matchups ... drew a career-high nine starts, including five during BIG EAST play ... paced all St. John's players with a .629 field goal percentage on the season (22-of-35), and led the way in league contests as well at .600 (9-of-15) ... keyed the Red Storm defensive efforts with a team-high 24 blocks, and a squad-leading 0.9 rejections per game ... amassed a total of 19 blocks in the first nine games of the season for a 2.1 dismissals per game average ... tallied four games during which he blocked three or more shots ... scored two points with two rebounds in St. John's win at Notre Dame (Feb. 14) ... scored four points on a 2-of-2 field goal effort against West Virginia at Madison Square Garden (Feb. 6) ... went 2-of-2 from the field to total four points and added a career-high four steals vs. UConn in Hartford (Jan. 20) ... contributed four points with three boards in a win over DePaul at Carnesecca Arena (Jan. 17) ... scored five points with a season-high seven rebounds in a Pre-Christmas victory over Bryant in Queens (Dec. 23) ... went 2-for-3 from the field as part of that effort vs. the Bulldogs ... blocked four shots, tallied five points and added a pair of rebounds against Fordham (Dec. 13) ... set a career-high with five blocks vs. Georgia while adding five rebounds and six points in a career-best 21 minutes (Dec. 9) ... line against UGA at The Garden included a 3-for-4 performance from the field ... scored five points and blocked three shots while collecting six rebounds at Duke (Dec. 5) ... scored first points of the season with a pair against Siena (Nov. 27) ... tied what was then a career-high with four blocks in season-opener vs. LIU (Nov. 13).
As a Sophomore in 2008-09: Saw time in 31 of 34 games, and contributed in 15 of 18 league contests ... led the squad in blocked shots with a career-high 32, the most for a Red Storm player since the 2004-05 season ... .462 field goal percentage (30-of-65) was third on the team ... registered nine multi-block games, including five contests with three or more rejections ... went 4-of-5 from the floor (.800) and scored eight points at Marquette (Feb. 14) ... logged a season-high 19 minutes in that matchup against the Golden Eagles ... swatted three shots at Cincinnati (Feb. 11) ... blocked what was then a career-high four shots on the road at West Virginia (Jan. 28) ... also collected six rebounds at the home of the Mountaineers, with three coming on the offensive end ... grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Rutgers (Jan. 24) ... four boards vs. the Scarlet Knights came off the offensive glass at Madison Square Garden ... scored seven points and tallied three boards vs. NJIT (Dec. 8) ... blocked three shots for the second-straight game vs. St. Francis (Dec. 1) ... originally established a new career-high with eight points, and added three blocks and a career-high three steals vs. Loyola (Ill.) (Nov. 25) in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round ... scored five points, pulled down four boards and blocked a shot against Howard (Nov. 22) ... grabbed five rebounds and scored four points vs. Cornell (Nov. 17).
As a Freshman in 2007-08: Played in 25 games, drawing five starts, including the last two games of the season ... averaged 9.9 minutes per contest and 11.5 minutes across the last six games ... played a career-high 20 minutes at Georgetown (Feb. 27) and scored four points ... made two steals and added six rebounds and four points at Duke (Feb. 23) ... netted four points and added four boards vs. Marquette at The Garden (Feb. 20) while making third-career start ... earned first-career BIG EAST start vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 23) and grabbed two rebounds ... blocked two shots, scored three points and grabbed four rebounds at Connecticut (Jan. 8) ... played 17 minutes at Syracuse (Jan. 2) and collected five rebounds in BIG EAST debut ... tallied five rebounds as well in the previous game, in seven minutes of action against Virginia Tech (Dec. 29) ... contributed five rebounds against Ohio (Dec. 19) at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic ... went 2-for-2 from the line and 1-of-2 from the floor to net four points against Niagara (Dec. 15) ... scored four points and grabbed three boards in his first-career road matchup at Miami (Dec. 2) ... made first career start vs. LIU (Nov. 28) and grabbed three boards and scored two points ... grabbed five rebounds and added two points and an assist vs. Sacred Heart (Nov. 20) ... totaled six points with a pair of blocked shots in 10 minutes vs. St. Francis (Nov. 14) in collegiate debut.
At South Kent: Played for two seasons at South Kent School in Connecticut ... averaged 7.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks as part of a four-man post player rotation as a senior ... led his squad to a 29-13 record in 2006-07 and an appearance in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A semifinals ... also participated in the Schoolboy Classic All-Star Game where the top players from the state of Connecticut square off against New Jersey's finest ... was rated among the nation's top 20 center prospects by recruiting services in his final year ... coached at South Kent by Raphael Chillious.
Personal: M. Ayodele Coker ... born in Nigeria ... son of Rose and John Coker ... chose to attend St. John's because it has everything he wants ... enjoys participating in community service activities, such as St. John's Midnight Runs, to help the homeless ... majoring in marketing ... pronounced "DEH-lee."
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