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2011-12 Updated St. John's Men's Basketball Player Profiles (PDF)
On Stith: A true point guard with the leadership skills to give St. John's tremendous depth at the floor general position ... a creative playmaker and accurate passer ... incredibly quick from foul line to foul line with excellent ballhandling skills ... a hard-nosed on-ball defender ... extremely cool under pressure.
Steve Lavin On Stith: "Malik is a catch-and-shoot guy, especially in the middle part of the floor. He is a player that makes the team better with his ability to distribute the ball to those in a position to score. He is tough defensively, a real ball-hawk. His leadership skills are at their best when he is vocal."
As a Sophomore in 2010-11: Made one start and saw action in 26-of-33 contests, averaging 3.3 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 steals in 12.2 minutes ... totaled 23 against 12 turnovers for a 1.9:1 assist to turnover ratio ... registered four double-figure scoring efforts ... had six multi-assist performances, including three games with three or more helpers ... scored two points in nine minutes of action against Gonzaga (March 17) in NCAA Tournament debut ... went 2-of-3 from the floor and 1-of-1 from the line to total five points in just three minutes of action against Syracuse (March 10) in the BIG EAST Tournament ... scored four points, including a 2-of-2 effort from the charity stripe, in win vs. Rutgers (Feb. 2) ... shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and totaled 12 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal against Louisville (Jan. 19) ... scored six points and added two steals vs. Syracuse (Jan. 12) ... totaled seven points, three steals and two assists against St. Bonaventure (Dec. 7) ... started, grabbed two rebounds and scored two points on 2-of-2 shooting from the line in win against Wagner (Dec. 1) ...netted 10 points, grabbed three rebounds, dealt three assists and added a career-high four steals in a win against Arizona State (Nov. 28) in the 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout ... dished out three assists and scored five points in a win vs. Drake (Nov. 26) ... played a career-high 30 minutes and dealt a career-high five assists in a win against Ball State (Nov. 25) ... made a career-high three 3-pointers and added a pair of free throws as part of an 11-point night in a win against Columbia (Nov. 17) ... scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and grabbed a career-high four rebounds in just 11 minutes of action in the season-opener at Saint Mary's (Nov. 16).
As a Freshman in 2009-10: Saw action in 32 of 33 contests as a reserve lead guard, averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 assists across 11.0 minutes per outing ... dealt 37 assists on the season while committing only 22 turnovers, for an impressive 1.7:1 assist to turnover ratio ... dished 22 assists with only 13 turnovers in BIG EAST play ... registered 10 multi-assist games on the season, including five contests with three or more assists ... scored two points and dished three assists in 11 minutes during a road win at USF (Feb. 20) ... totaled three points and one assist against West Virginia at Madison Square Garden (Feb. 6) ... dealt three assists on the road at Rutgers (Feb. 2) ... recorded four helpers and grabbed two rebounds against Villanova at The Garden (Jan. 23) ... dealt two assists and collected three boards in a home win vs. DePaul in Queens (Jan. 17) ... netted four points in his first career start against Providence, going 2-for-4 from the field and logging a career-high 25 minutes (Jan. 3) ... dealt three assists in nine minutes while making his BIG EAST debut at Georgetown (Dec. 31) ... tallied four points with a pair of assists in 19 minutes in a Carnesecca Arena win over Bryant (Dec. 23) ... went 3-for-5 from the floor to register a career-high seven points against Fordham, playing 16 minutes against the Rams (Dec. 13) ... scored four points on a 2-of-3 shooting night and had two rebounds against Georgia (Dec. 9) ... recorded three points and added one assist in a win over Temple in the Philly Hoop Group Classic (Nov. 28) ... tallied six points on 2-of-4 field goals and two assists against Siena in the Philly opener (Nov. 27) ... made collegiate debut against St. Bonaventure (Nov. 17), scoring four points and dishing three assists ... averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the free throw line (7-of-10) during St. John's 4-0 trip to Canada over Labor Day Weekend, 2009.
At Bridgton Academy: Played for coach Whit Lesure at Bridgton Academy in Maine in 2008-09, the same prep school as former St. John's teammates Paris Horne and Justin Burrell ... led the Wolverines to a 25-11 record and a fourth New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship in five years, topping South Kent ... averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 assists in his prep season with the Wolverines ... scored 18 points in the NEPSAC title game, and was named NEPSAC Class A Most Valuable Player for keying the Wolverines to their tournament run.
At East Mecklenberg: Prior to enrolling at Bridgton, led his East Mecklenberg High School squad (Charlotte, N.C.) to state and city championships ... named the Charlotte Observer Boys' Basketball Player of the Year and North Carolina 4A State Player of the Year in 2007-08 ... averaged 17.0 ppg and 8.0 assists that year, his senior season ... high school coach was Jason Grube.
Personal: Malik D. Stith ... born in Hempstead, N.Y. ... son of Tanya Person and Warren Stith ... has two brothers, Raqawn (17) and "Pop" (6), and two sisters, Kayla (19) and McKenzie (8) ... chose St. John's because he loves the people in and around the basketball program ... majoring in sport management.
UP CLOSE WITH MALIK STITH
Favorite movie/TV show: "Above the Rim."
Favorite actor/actress: Denzel Washington.
What's on the iPod/iPhone: Rock n' Roll.
Favorite food: McDonald's.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: The gym.
Favorite class: Business law.
Favorite book: Freakanomics by Steven D. Levitt.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: Time management.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Winning the state championship.
Hero/Role model: My mom.
Favorite athlete/sports team: Sebastian Telfair.
Favorite St. John's athlete: Mark Jackson.
I came to St. John's because: The great people.
The best thing about St. John's is: The campus.
Few people know that: I'm better at football.
One word to describe me on the court: "Tough."
One word to describe me off the court: "Humble."
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year is: Wait and see.
After St. John's or after my basketball career, I'd like to: Play in the NBA.
If I could have dinner with three people (history or today): Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur and my grandmother.
Favorite quote: "No struggle in progress."
Funny superstitions/pregame rituals: My music.
If I were president for the day I would: Feed the needy.
The teammate that inspires me is: The walk-ons because I admire their fight to sacrifice for the team.
If I could switch places for a day with any person (real or fictional) I'd be: LeBron James.
If I wasn't playing basketball I'd be: A rock star.