Nov. 3, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm men's and women's basketball teams held their annual Media Day on Tuesday in the newly-renovated Carnesecca Arena, welcoming more than 50 reporters from the New York City area to the Queens campus. The media event, held in Carnesecca Arena for the first time, provided an opportunity to discuss the upcoming season with men's head coach Norm Roberts, women's head coach Kim Barnes Arico and the players from both the men's and women's teams.
Media Day was also streamed live for the first time ever as StormTracker All-Access provided live video of the event. Commentators Ralph Bednarczyk and Greg Rice conducted interviews and provided insight into the upcoming men's and women's seasons.
Barnes Arico opened the day's events with a press conference in which she spoke about the talented freshman class and her expectations for the season.
"I'm really excited about this season," said Barnes Arico. "We have a great core of returning players, led by reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Da'Shena Stevens and seniors Kelly McManmon and Joy McCorvey. When you add a nationally-rated freshman class to the roster this year, we have a great mix of talent that will be able to compete in the greatest conference in the country."
Roberts then took the floor and discussed his team's experience and depth, the preseason trip to Canada, and the impact he expects the four newcomers to have on the squad.
"We have tremendous depth this year and our guys have really been pushing each other in practice," said Roberts. "A deep, talented bench is the key to being successful in the BIG EAST Conference and I think we have that this year."
Following the press conferences with Barnes Arico and Roberts, members of the media were invited to an interview session where both the men's and women's players were made available for interviews.
A four-man class of newcomers has been added to the 11 letterwinners returning to the court for the Red Storm in 2009-10, comprising Roberts' most experienced squad as he heads into his sixth season on the STJ bench. The 2009-10 Red Storm boasts six returnees with significant starting experience, and returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 95.1 percent of its rebounding from a 2008-09 squad that won 16 games, including St. John's first BIG EAST Tournament victory since 2003. Returning scoring leaders Paris Horne (14.6 points per game, .435 field goal percentage), D.J. Kennedy (13.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and the Red Storm open their season vs. LIU on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the newly-renovated Carnesecca Arena in Queens.
Fresh off its third-round appearance in the Postseason WNIT, its sixth-consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Tournament and a 19-15 record, Barnes Arico and the women's basketball team open their schedule when they travel to face Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. The Red Storm returns four starters and six letterwinners and features a five-person freshman class that was nationally rated in the top 15 by ESPN.com and Blue Star. Reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Stevens, who finished second on the team in scoring with 11.9 ppg and first in rebounding with 6.6, along with senior McManmon, who averaged a career-high 10.4 points last year and shot 38.8 percent from the floor and 39.7 from long distance, lead the cast of returning players.