New St. John's coach Steve Lavin has landed an immediate contributor in small forward Dwayne Polee (Los Angeles/Westchester). Being able to bring in Polee to a Red Storm program that has playmakers coming back is that much more impressive considering Lavin has had so much on his plate, other than recruiting, since he took over. Essentially, he had to re-recruit the St. John's players that were coming back and try to recruit players that could help out immediately, while still looking to the future. This is an extremely tough task. Polee was one of the best remaining prospects after he decommitted from USC. Polee, who's been called a pogo stick in sneakers,is at his best in transition thanks to his tremendous athleticism. The 6-foot-7, 180-pounder is also a good rebounder and has the ability to convert bad shots or turnovers into easy buckets. Polee comes from a high profile program at Westchester and coach Ed Azzam has done a good job preparing his players for the next level. The key to Polee's success will be his ability to improve his outside shot, commit himself to the defensive end and develop the toughness that is necessary in the Big East. However, he is in a good situation with a coach who has put his fair share of players in the NBA. Polee will be able to be brought into the St. John's rotation gradually, which will help his maturation. Lavin is off to a great start and Polee is a perfect piece to help him get back to the style of play he played at UCLA.
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