Under the bright lights in New York City, sophomore D’Angelo Harrison is shining for St. John’s. The talented scorer from Texas is the Big East’s leading scorer (20.6 ppg) and has taken on a leadership role for the Red Storm. St. John’s is a very young team and has played inconsistent in the early part of the year. No one knows how well the Storm can be because they have the talent but they lack experience. What we do know is that Harrison will score, and score a lot.
Harrison has tremendous ability on the offensive end. The 6’3 guard has unlimited range. He can shoot with ease from long range with a sweet stroke and quick release. Harrison is third in the Big East in 3 pointers made with 37 and shooting 33% from downtown. He does a great job of balancing himself and getting up a quality look no matter who is guarding him. Harrison also excels at hitting unorthodox shots like leaners, running bank shots, fadeaways, etc. He is a strong guard at 210 lbs and has gained the ability to attack the rim instead of being just a shooter like he was his freshmen year. Harrison is great off the dribble and knows how to create contact and get to the free throw line where he’s shooting 76.1 percent.
D’Angelo is a fearless competitor. When the game is on the line he wants the ball and he wants to be the one in control. He is not afraid of the big moment and is not shy to get up a shot at any time, any where. St. John’s saw Harrison explode for 36 points in their Big East opener against Villanova. Harrison had a career night and hit six threes in the tough overtime loss. His great play late helped defeat the then undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats at their home gym which was the Johnnies biggest win of the year. Harrison had 15 points and 7 rebounds with 13 of those in the second half including a key jumper with 29 seconds remaining to put the Johnnies up for good.
With St. John’s being as young as they are, they are going to struggle to get wins. Their talent plus Harrison will keep them in every Big East match-up but they have to learn to close out games. Harrison has made great strides from last season and becoming a leader is a step in the right direction that gives St. John’s some needed leadership. St. John’s will continue to improve and battle during the Big East season and Harrison will be the number one focus on the opposition’s scouting report.
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John Cavaliere is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball and covers the Big East.