Sept. 29, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – Less than a week before the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Head Coach Chris Mullin and the Red Storm will host their annual “An Evening with St. John’s Basketball” dinner, highlighting the storied past and promising future of the program.
This year, St. John’s Basketball will be joined by special guest Lenny Wilkens, a Brooklyn native and one of the most recognizable names in basketball history. After starring at Boys High, Wilkens attended Providence from 1957-60, where he led the Friars to the 1960 NIT Finals and claimed a pair of All-America honors. Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Wilkens began a 15-year NBA tenure that saw him earn nine all-star selections. After retiring from the game as a player, Wilkens embarked on a career as one of the game’s most legendary coaches, highlighted by a 1979 NBA title with the Seattle Supersonics.
The only three-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkens was enshrined as a player in 1989, as a coach in 1998, and alongside Mullin as a part of “The Dream Team” in 2010. He is also one of just four men inducted into the Hall as a player and a coach, joining a legendary cohort that includes John Wooden, Bill Sharman and Tom Heinsohn.
In addition to Wilkens, St. John’s will also welcome beloved basketball personality Bill Raftery, who coached Seton Hall during the early years of the BIG EAST before settling into a long and prosperous career as a broadcaster. Currently, Raftery is a part of the marquee duo on FOX’s BIG EAST Basketball coverage and has called several Final Fours on CBS.
The event will be held at the Metropolitan Club at 1 E. 60th Street and will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. The formal dinner program will begin an hour later at 7 p.m.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $1,000 per person, while tables are available for $10,000.
For more information, contact Mary Pat Beirne ‘81C, ‘85GEd at 718-990-1873 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.