March 30, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's guard Dwight Hardy will compete in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reese's College All-Star game on Friday, April 1, as a part of Final Four weekend in Houston, Texas.
Hardy, who was recently named an Honorable Mention AP All-American, will play on the East All-Stars, joining 19 other senior standouts from across the nation. The game tips off at 5:35 p.m. (Eastern Time) and will be televised live on truTV with Dave Ryan calling play-by-play and Greg Anthony providing analysis. Tracy Wolfson will provide coverage from the sidelines.
Former Duke coach Bill Foster will coach the East All-Stars. The East roster also includes four other BIG EAST players in Marquette's Jimmy Butler, Georgetown's Austin Freeman, and Pittsburgh's Gary McGhee and Brad Wanamaker. Temple's Lavoy Allen, Illinois' Mike Davis, American's Vlad Moldoveanu, Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Mississippi's Chris Warren are also on the squad.
The West All-Stars will be coached by former Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs. The West roster features Morehead State's Kenneth Faried, College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock, Texas' Gary Johnson, Northern Arizona's Cameron Jones, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Saint Mary's Mickey McConnell, USC's Alex Stephenson, San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas, North Texas' Tristan Thompson and Utah State's Tai Wesley.
In addition to playing in the College All-Star game, Hardy will also participate in the State Farm 3-Point Championship on Thursday, March 31, at Final Four Weekend. Hardy's .367 career 3-point field goal percentage tied for the ninth-best mark in program history. Senior forward Justin Burrell will join Hardy in Houston to compete in the State Farm Slam Dunk Championship on Thursday.
Hardy has earned a slew of postseason accolades for his outstanding play during the 2010-11 season. He is the first St. John's player to be named an AP All-American since Erick Barkley was an Honorable Mention AP All-American for the 1999-2000 season. Earlier this month, Hardy earned the District II Player of the Year honors by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and was named to its All-District team. He was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection and the conference's Most Improved Player. He was also named a candidate for the nation's player of the year as a top 20 finalist for the prestigious Wooden Award.
Hardy finished the season averaging a team-best 18.3 points, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. Hardy was one of the top 3-point shooters in the BIG EAST, making 62 treys to average 1.9 per game and rank 13th in the conference. He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week a league-leading three times and earned weekly honors from the league five times in 2010-11.
After making the move from the team's shooting guard and sixth man to starting point guard and scoring leader, Hardy led the Red Storm on an exciting ride in 2011, culminating in the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since a 2002 trip that was vacated by the NCAA. He was at his best in St. John's six wins over ranked opponents, a program high since 2000, averaging 23.3 points in victories over then-No. 13/13 Georgetown, then-No. 9/11 Notre Dame, then-No. 3/3 Duke, then-No. 10/9 Connecticut, then-No. 4/4 Pitt and then-No. 14/15 Villanova.