Patchogue, N.Y. - The Golden Eagles enter the 2011-12 campaign with their starting five all returning as they quest for their second Skyline Championship. St. Joseph's had a fine season in 2010-11 as they posted a 22-7 overall record and a 16-4 mark in Skyline Conference play, but lost to Purchase in the Skyline Tournament Finals. This talented group ranked third in the final NCAA Atlantic Region Poll and was selected as the top-seed in the ECAC Metro Tournament.
Leading the way again when they tip-off on November 18 at the Eastern Connecticut State Tournament, will be senior guards Chris Jimenez (Huntington Station, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Olivier Laurent (Amityville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) - both members of the All-MET and All-Skyline Teams. Laurent led the team in scoring with 17 points per game.
Jimenez was highly decorated in the previous campaign as he was voted onto the D3Hoops All-Atlantic Region Team and the NABCA Atlantic Region All-District Team. He averaged 15 points per game as he surpassed the 1,000 point plateau and shattered a school record for three-pointers in a game (10).
The Golden Eagles are known for their deadly shooting as they had the sixth ranked scoring offense in all of Division III (87.2 ppg) and ranked second overall in three point field goals per game (11.8). The team also posted an impressive assist-to turnover ratio (1.29) and had the tenth best turnover margin (4.8).
Helping the Eagles offense is a trio of outstanding seniors - forwards Steve Velasquez (14.8 ppg - Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) and Vincent Russo (13.7 ppg - Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) and shooting guard Trey Black (13.5 ppg - Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point).
Back in the Eagles frontcourt is 6-6 junior forward Shahab Syed (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), junior forward Adam Renna (East Northport, N.Y./Northport), and sophomore Cody Lohsen (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach).
Returning in the backcourt is senior guard Frank Altamore (East Rockaway, N.Y./East Rockaway). He will be joined by three newcomers in the backcourt – senior transfer Tanvir Logani (Melville, N.Y./Don Bosco) and freshmen Brady Colucci (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson) and Evan Mohammed (Bayside, N.Y./Holy Cross).
Highlighting the season is the Eagles trip to Division I's Yale University Bulldogs in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday, January 8. Their first Skyline game will be on December 1 vs. Mount Saint Vincent. SJC will not face their Long Island rivals, Farmingdale State (1/10) and Old Westbury (1/19), until after the holiday break.
August 9, 2012 Laurent, Jimenez & Mateyko Make All-Long Island Team
April 18, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named to All-MET Team for Second Time
March 13, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named to NABC All-Atlantic Team
March 13, 2012 Olivier Laurent Named to D3Hoops All-Region Team
February 27, 2012 Golden Eagles Selected for 2012 NCAA Tournament
February 23, 2012 Top-Seeded Eagles Upset by #4 Purchase in Skyline Semi's
February 22, 2012 Chris Jimenez Named ECAC Metro Player of the Week
February 21, 2012 Three Eagles Named to Skyline All-Conference Team
February 21, 2012 Jimenez Named Skyline Basketball Co-Player of the Week
February 18, 2012 Eagles Grab Top Seed in Skyline Tourney
February 11, 2012 Trey Black Scores 1,000th Career Point as Eagles Cruise Past Yeshiva
February 4, 2012 Russo's Nine Three’s Leads SJC over Sage, Black Puts Up 25 points
February 1, 2012 Laurent Scores 1,000th Career Point as SJC Upends Farmingdale Again
January 28, 2012 Jimenez's Six Three's Allow Eagles to Soar Past Panthers
January 18, 2012 Golden Eagles Roll by Mount Saint Vincent, 110-95
January 17, 2012 Laurent and the Eagles Spotlighted by D3Hoops.com
January 11, 2012 Eagles Outshoot Rams to Remain Perfect In Skyline Play
January 10, 2012 Laurent & Redding Each Named Skyline Player of the Week for Jan. 9
December 23, 2011 Bender & Black Win Skyline Player of the Week - Winter Report #5
December 12, 2011 Ramapo Hands St. Joseph's First Loss of Season
December 6, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #3 - Jimenez Makes Men's Honor Roll
December 1, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #2 - Bender Wins Women's Player of the Week
November 22, 2011 Skyline Winter Report #1-Jimenez Wins First MBB Player of the Week Award
November 2, 2011 Eagles Finish Second in Preseason Skyline Men's Basketball Poll