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By Josh Cohen
The 2011-12 St. John’s basketball season was supposed to redefine the Red Storm as a national title contender. After a surprising first season under coach Steve Lavin, in which St. John’s advanced in the NCAA Tournament and finished ranked in the top 20, Lavin had signed an unprecedented 9 recruits to suit up for St. John’s the following season. Ranked the #3 recruiting class in the country, expectations were very high in Queens, but a 13-19 season was more reminiscent of the disappointing seasons of the past decade than the bright future that fans hoped for. Two decommits, one transfer, and one NBA Draft pick later, St. John’s enters the 2012-13 season under the national radar. Although last season wasn’t the success Lavin sought, many of the 2011 recruiting class return, hungry to prove their place among the best in the country.