ST. JOHN RED STORM
per Steve Wiseman
After suffering a stunning 81-77 loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden last February, Duke welcomes the Red Storm to Cameron for a late-season nonconference game. While St. John’s has gone just 38-60 in Chris Mullin’s first three seasons coaching his alma mater, the program looks primed for a break-out season after going 16-17 last season. Junior guard Shamorie Ponds is back after averaging 21.6 points per game last season. Mustapha Heron, a 6-5 guard who led Auburn in scoring at 16.4 points per game, transferred to St. John’s and is seeking a waiver to play immediately. Former South Carolina forward Sedee Keita, 6-9, is eligible after sitting out last season. This looks like a tough test in the middle of the ACC schedule for Duke.