St. John's suspends leading scorer Harrison for rest of the season

Harrison was an offensive key for St. John's, but the team will play out the season without him. (USATSI)

The at-large hopes for the 16-11 Red Storm officially took their biggest hit on Friday, as coach Steve Lavin announced the team's leading scorer won't play another game this season.

Sophomore D'Angelo Harrison will sit out the remainder of year due to conduct detrimental to the team. In addition to averaging 17.8 points, Harrison leads the team in steals at 1.4 per game.

"I had a productive meeting with D'Angelo (Thursday)," Lavin said in a statement. "He has a bright future in basketball and I'm optimistic his time away from our team will be of value."

Harrison is/was on his way to a Big East All-Conference honor, living up to his preseason hype; he was picked on the league's Second Team. He's also made the Big East Honor Roll every semester he's been in college. The school notes "he recently became St. John’s 48th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau and totals 1,025 career points in 59 career games."

A surprising suspension, and with three more regular-season games to go before the Big East tournament, SJU is going to have to find some tricks to get big offense. St. John's next plays at Providence on Saturday.

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