October 24, 2011
Another exciting season of Red Storm basketball is only weeks
away, and St. John’s University got in the spirit by hosting two
major events for alumni and friends.
The first –
the Chris Mullin Hall of Fame Event – took place in the D’Angelo
Center Ballroom and celebrated the University’s all-time-leading
scorer, Chris Mullin ’98CBA, and his recent induction into the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This intimate gathering
welcomed Mullin, many of his former teammates and supporters of St.
John’s athletics back to campus for dinner, dessert and plenty of
Among the guests were Red Storm legends Willie Glass and Kevin
Williams ’92CBA, former Head Coach Lou Carnesecca ’50C,
’60GEd, ’00HON and longtime Men’s Basketball Trainer Ron Linfante.
Anthony Giardina ’85C, who used to dress up as the Johnnies’ mascot
during the mid-’80s, also attended.
Carnesecca delivered a passionate speech about Mullin,
discussing their very special relationship and praising Mullin’s
exceptional playing career. At the end of the evening, Mullin
received an award for his accomplishments and spoke to the guests
about his passion for St. John’s.
The following night, the University hosted An Evening with St.
John’s Basketball, the premier fundraising event for Red Storm
basketball and a terrific preview of the upcoming season. WFAN
radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton served as the
hilarious hosts of the event and set a great tone throughout the
Basketball Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico and Men’s Basketball
Assistant Coaches Mike Dunlap, Rico Hines and Special
Assistant/Adviser Gene Keady provided expert analysis, speaking to
the crowd about what they can expect during the coming season.
Additionally, Mullin served as a special guest speaker and shared
his thoughts on the upcoming year.
Head Coach Steve Lavin, recovering from recent surgery to treat
prostate cancer, could not attend the event but sent his regards
and thanks to all those in attendance.