Two Johnnies Receive Tremendous Honor

Two Johnnies Receive Tremendous Honor

Reporter Mike Sullivan is honored to share a press release from the St. John's University communications office regarding a terrific honor being bestowed upon two basketball players ...

QUEENS, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2011) – St. John's basketball legends John Warren and the late Lloyd "Sonny" Dove will become the 31st and 32nd members of the St. John's family to be inducted into the New York Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca and Director of Athletics Chris Monasch will be among the many members of the St. John's basketball family on hand at the New York Athletic Club's annual event to honor Warren, a 1970 NBA Champion as part of the New York Knicks, and posthumously pay tribute to Dove, one of the Redmen's all-time great big men.

The pair from St. John's join the Class of 2011, which includes Donnie Walsh, former New York Knicks President; longtime Knicks trainer Mike Saunders; Debbie Mason, the former All-America from Queens College known as "Lady Pearl"; Tom Henderson, an all-city performer from DeWitt Clinton H.S. in the Bronx; current University of Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga and former Fordham All-American Kenny Charles.

Warren's play in the late 1960s coined the term "swingman," as he played both inside and outside for Carnesecca. In addition, he always drew the toughest defensive assignment. Warren was perhaps St. John's most complete player, scoring 1,306 points in a career that spanned 84 games with 65 St. John's victories for a .774 percentage.

At Georgetown on Jan. 10, 1968, he was fouled as the buzzer sounded and calmly dropped home two free throws to send the game into overtime where he put a lid on the opposition's star and St. John's shut the Hoyas out in the extra session. Drafted by the Knicks, he played on the fabled 1969-70 team of Bill Bradley and Willis Reed, and spent seven years with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dove – a 2006 St. John's Legacy Honoree – ranks 10th on STJ's all-time scoring list with 1,576 career points and is second only to 2010 NYC Basketball Hall of Famer George Johnson on St. John's all-time rebounding chart with 1,036 career boards. Dove and Johnson are the only two St. John's players ever to score more than 1,000 career points and grab more than 1,000 career rebounds.

Dove played from 1964-67. In his first season, he averaged 13.8 points per game and led the team with an 11.7 rebounds per game average for Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. He was named to the Holiday Festival All-Star team and to the NIT All-Tournament team that year. In his second season with the team and first with new head coach Carnesecca, Dove was named to several All-America teams including, first team All-America by the Helms Athletic Foundation and The Sporting News, and a third team All-America by AP and UPI. Dove averaged 21.2 points per game and 14.2 rebounds per game that season, which also earned him first team All-Metropolitan honors. In his final season at St. John's, Dove averaged 22.4 points per game and 11.8 boards and was again named to several All-America teams, including first team All-America by the Helms Athletic Foundation and The Sporting News, second-team All-America by UPI and third-team All-America by AP. The New York writers named him the winner of the Haggerty Award, the metropolitan area's college basketball MVP. Dove set the then-St. John's record in 1967 with 242 field goals in a season (which currently ranks eighth-best) and became the first St. John's player ever to grab 1,000 rebounds for a career.

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