Oct. 11, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Head men's coach Steve Lavin, head women's coach Kim Barnes Arico and the Red Storm men's and women's basketball teams invite all St. John's fans to the 2011 Red Storm Tip-Off, a season-opening celebration scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.
ADMISSION IS FREE BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. This year's Red Storm Tip-Off is once again open to the public, with free tickets available for pickup beginning at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Carnesecca Arena Ticket Office. Free Nathan's hot dogs will be available for the first 1,500 students through the doors at 7 p.m., and attendance at the event earns St. John's students +3 MVP points.
New York City's own D.J. Webstar will get the crowd moving during a night where the 2011-12 men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced, and Lavin and Barnes Arico will address fans about the excitement of the upcoming season. Harlem performing artist Vado and legendary streetball emcee Joe Pope will be on hand to entertain fans, and both teams will participate in basketball contests as part of what is sure to be an outstanding evening of giveaways, performances and surprises on St. John's Queens Campus. Throughout the night, two fans will have the opportunity to take home an iPad or $50,000 by making a half-court shot. Orange County, Calif.'s Jay White, a multiple-medal winner over many Special Olympics on the West Coast, will be flown in for his annual national anthem performance.
The event will be carried live nationally in its entirety beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3 as a production of the newly-created St. John's Television Network (STJ-TV). St. John's will be one of only eight schools with live ESPN3 coverage for its entire event. Tony Luftman, "The Voice of STJ-TV," will bring fans all of the action from courtside as former St. John's standout Tarik Turner and former Long Island-area high school star Nicole Kazcmarski provide fans with preseason analysis of the Red Storm men's and women's teams. New radio analyst, "The Coach" Tim O'Toole, will be on hand for interviews, joining the thousands of Red Storm fans expected to be on hand in Queens and those able to access ESPN3 - available in approximately 70 million households nationwide through an affiliated provider - online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
With one returning scholarship letterwinner in junior Malik Stith, the men's basketball team will feature at least six newcomers, a group comprised of four freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. STJ will look to its highly-rated 2011-12 recruiting class - featuring three recruits ranked in the Top 100 in the nation in Moe Harkless, Sir'Dominic Pointer and D'Angelo Harrison - to assist in replacing 96.3 percent of its scoring and 97.8 percent of its rebounding in the coming season.
In 2011-12, Barnes Arico will be celebrating her 10th year as head coach of the Red Storm, as St. John's continues to make waves on the national scene. This season, St. John's returns a veteran core to its starting lineup, after receiving back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and advancing to the Round of 32 for the second-straight season. St. John's women's basketball is coming off a year where the Red Storm was ranked for 16-straight weeks in the Associated Press Poll and 18-consecutive weeks in the ESPN/Coaches Poll (including the 2009-10 season), celebrated its second-straight 20-win season at 22-11 and made its eighth-consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Tournament.
Fans can visit the new RedStormTix.com to download a season ticket order form, or request to be contacted. To order season tickets by phone, call 1-888-GO-STORM (467-8676). Fans can join the Red White Club by visiting RedStormSports.com and clicking on the link to "Giving" to visit the all-new Red White website.