Preseason quotes from head coach Steve Lavin and men's basketball players.
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).
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 men's basketball
NIT First Round
St. John's squares off against Villanova in the opening round of the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
No. 15/17 Marquette defeats St. John's 69-67 in overtime at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2013.
St. John's defeats UConn 71-65 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6, 2013.
On Jones: A stalwart power forward ... a wide-framed, rugged athlete ... owns standout offensive and defensive abilities from the low blocks ... a versatile and mature athlete that plays above the rim ... rebounds with aggression at both ends of the floor.
Steve Lavin On Jones: "Christian Jones is an athlete who brings to the court a rare combination of length, brute strength, skill and speed. His strong physical stature complements our roster nicely. Christian's propensity for rebounding, defending and scoring in the basket area is ideally suited for the rugged BIG EAST conference."
At IMG Academy: Played one postgraduate season for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. ... averaged 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds ... helped IMG squad post a 28-2 record in 2011-12 ... one of eight IMG student-athletes to receive scholarships at NCAA Division I programs ... IMG was once the home of St. John's teammate Phil Greene ... 2012 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Maurice Harkless trained at IMG before being selected at No. 15 in the 2012 NBA Draft ... coached at IMG Academy by Loren Jackson.
At James Bowie: A four-year standout at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas ... earned team MVP honors as a senior in 2010-11 ... averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest that season ... local legend grew after throwing down four dunks in a game against high school rival, Sam Houston ... played summer basketball with St. John's teammate Jamal Branch, as they both starred for Team Texas.
Personal: Christian Dion Jones ... born in Dallas, Texas ... son of Phyllis Austin and Craig Jones ... has two sisters, Chelsi (23) and Cali (6), and one brother, Cooper (5) ... majoring in sports management.
Up Close With Christian Jones