St. John’s Joel Soriano vows better performance after ‘no grit’ outing vs. Seton Hall
Joel Soriano didnt like what he saw of himself on film.
Lack of energy, low motor, no intensity, St. Johns center said. No grit, no fight.
Soriano has not been at his best of late and really struggled in Tuesdays blowout loss at Seton Hall, managing just six points and four rebounds in 18 minutes along with a minus-31 rating.
I am going to be better tomorrow, the Johnnies leading scorer and rebounder promised. Im coming with a better mindset. … Just come out of the gate with a lot of energy, high intensity. Just be a dog, thats one thing I want to see from myself tomorrow.
Coach Rick Pitino, who wasnt on the sideline for the game because of a bout with COVID-19, said he feels Soriano has received too much blame when things go wrong for St. Johns and too much credit when it does.
Joel Soriano said he saw “lack of energy” from himself during St.John’s game against Seton Hall. Robert Sabo for NY PostHe was far from the only Johnnie to struggle against Seton Hall.
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I think Joels getting too much of this, said Pitino, who will return on Saturday against No. 17 Marquette.
I can look at Chris Ledlum and say it even more so than Joel. Ledlums got to bring it more, Jordan Dingles got to bring it more. Nahiem Alleynes got to do it. They all got to do it. My point being, Joel doesnt deserve all the praise hes been getting for all of his double-doubles, and he shouldnt be getting all the criticism for the Seton Hall game. He didnt play well, but everybody else didnt play well.
Pitino spent a good portion of the press conference harping on the need for all of his players to give the daily effort he sees from starting point guard Daniss Jenkins and reserve forward Zuby Ejiofor.
Those two are constants in how hard they play in practice and games.
If they want to be a great basketball team down the road come March, then they all have to play like Daniss and Zuby, Pitino said. I dont want Joel to take the brunt of our loss, because it was all of them.
St. Johns will be without Dingle due to COVID-19.
St. John’s guard Jordan Dingle (3) drives to the net during the first half against the Butler at Carnesecca Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. Corey Sipkinfor the NY POSTThe graduate transfer from Penn, who missed the Seton Hall game, is still not feeling well.
Pitino said he is unsure if the guard will be back for Wednesdays game against Villanova.
Assistant coaches Van Macon, Ricky Johns and Taliek Brown will also be out because of the virus.
Sophomore Cruz Davis is back with the team, but St. Johns is planning to get a medical redshirt for the Iona transfer.
Davis suffered a broken left hand early in the season and it never fully recovered.
He still has numbness in his fingers on the left hand. Davis has only appeared in four games.
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