On Missere: A hard-working, physical post player ... a gritty competitor and "blue-collar" athlete that puts forth a consistent, determined effort ... a spirited athlete that began his career as a walk-on and earned a scholarship as a result of his effort mid-way through his senior season.
Norm Roberts on Missere: "Phil gave us great minutes last year, playing in the four-spot. We expect big things from him. He gained valuable confidence by playing in quite a few key games. Phil gives us the ability to guard smaller four-men in the league out on the perimeter, and he does a great job of running in transition."
As a Senior in 2004-05: Appeared in 26 games, averaging 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting at a 56.6 percent mark from the floor ... recorded his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a win over Georgetown (Feb. 20) ... tallied a career-high tying 13 points at Providence (March 1), with five boards ... also scored in double-figures with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting at Seton Hall (Feb. 12) ... scored four points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field in the season opener against Wagner (Nov. 20) ... netted two points and grabbed one rebound in just four minutes of play vs. St. Francis (Nov. 23) ... grabbed three rebounds and scored two points vs. Stony Brook (Nov. 30) ... played 16 minutes at Illinois St. (Dec. 4), pulling down five rebounds ... scored two points and grabbed two rebounds against NC State (Dec. 30) ... scored seven points and grabbed seven boards in 13 minutes against Notre Dame (Jan. 15) ... netted three points with four rebounds against Rutgers (Feb. 2) ... logged 16 minutes at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8), where he scored two points and grabbed three rebounds.
As a Junior in 2003-04: Joined the team as a walk-on prior to the start of the season ... appeared in nine games, starting eight, and averaging 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game ... hit at a 90.0 percent clip from the free throw line (18-of-20) ... saw his first action for St. John's vs. UCLA (Jan. 31) ... first career start came against Boston College (Feb. 8), scoring a career-high 13 points and grabbing five rebounds in 27 minutes ... went 4-for-6 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line against the Eagles ... grabbed six rebounds and tallied one block in 31 minutes at West Virginia (Feb. 11) ... collected seven rebounds and added three points, playing 36 minutes at Virginia Tech (Feb. 21) ... chipped in six points, registered seven boards and added a pair of rejections against Connecticut (Feb. 24) ... grabbed six boards and added two steals against Boston College (March 3) ... tallied six points with six rebounds and played a career-high 40 minutes in the season finale against Notre Dame (March 6).
At Cornwall Central High School: A 2001 graduate of Cornwall Central ... averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior power forward for the Dragons ... high school coach was Tom Howe.
Personal: Philip E. Missere ... born May 28, 1983, in Queens, N.Y. ... son of Mary and Anthony Missere ... has two brothers, Anthony (26) and Peter (24), both of whom attended St. John's ... also has a sister, Nicole (28), who played Division I soccer at Manhattan College ... his cousin, Robert Werdann, was a standout St. John's basketball player from 1988-92 who went on to play in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets ... his mother, Mary, is a graduate of New York's Mount St. Vincent's College and the University of Madrid in Spain ... she is now a flight attendant for Delta Airlines ... his father, Anthony, is a chair in the St. John's Sports Management program ... his father played and coached at the Pratt Institute, where he once earned coach of the year honors, and he also spent time playing professional basketball in Italy ... majoring in communication arts with a minor in criminal justice.
Missere Up Close...
Hero/role model: My brother, Anthony Missere.
The best thing about St. John's is: The tradition.
St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year: Anthony Mason Jr.
After St. John's, I'd like to: Play basketball in Europe and go to law school.
Accomplishments for this Season: Win the BIG EAST.