St. John’s senior Kennedy (knee) will miss NCAAs

St. John’s senior guard D.J. Kennedy tore the ACL in his right

knee during the Red Storm’s Big East tournament loss to Syracuse.

He will undergo surgery and miss the NCAA tournament.

Kennedy, the 17th-ranked Red Storm’s third-leading scorer (10.7)

and leading rebounder (5.7), went down to the court while going

after an offensive rebound Thursday in the first half of the 79-73

quarterfinal loss to No. 11 Syracuse.

He immediately called for the trainer and was helped off the

court by two teammates, keeping his right leg off the ground.

Kennedy underwent X-rays and an MRI and was later examined by

team physician and orthopedist Answorth Allen at the Hospital for

Special Surgery. Following surgery, Kennedy’s recovery time could

be between six and eight months.

”This is a tough time to lose both a leader and vital member of

our team,” first-year coach Steve Lavin said. ”D.J. Kennedy has

consistently influenced the game at both ends of the floor

throughout our successful season. We will miss his leadership,

versatility and experience. Our basketball family is determined to

bring an inspired effort to pay tribute to D.J. Kennedy for his

outstanding contributions to our program. Our players recognize we

would not be participating in the NCAA tournament without D.J.’s

efforts. He will continue to add value as we continue our

postseason journey.”

Kennedy is one of 10 seniors on the St. John’s roster who led

the turnaround and saw the Red Storm assure themselves of the

school’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2002.

”I’ve wanted to play in the NCAA tournament since I picked up a

basketball in grade school, and this is a real blow,” Kennedy

said. ”I am disappointed on a personal level, but I am happy that

I will be with my teammates on the road during the tournament,

supporting them the way they always support me.”

Kennedy is 12th on St. John’s career scoring list with 1,504

points and 11th with 781 rebounds.