We have seen a great deal of St. John’s alum making a name for themselves all over the world. D.J. Kennedy joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwight Hardy is enjoying a great season in Italy, and coach Mike Dunlap may be on his way to the NBA. But the most surprising story comes from a place many would not expect.
Justin Burrell was recently awarded MVP of the Japanese Professional League. He played this past season with the Yokohama B-Corsairs. He led Yokohama to a 31-21 record.
He averaged a double double on the season; dropping 18.7 points a game while pulling down 10 rebounds per contest.
Earlier today Burrell post this on his facebook page;
“Want to give a big thank you to all the fans in Yokohama. It was great playing for the B-Corsairs, and your dedication and support meant the world to us. To my teammates, thank you for a successful season, our hard work has paid off and I hope we continue to be successful in our professional careers.”
From this it appears Burrell will be on his way back home to America. After a special season in Japan Burrell most likely intends to try his hand at the NBA.
Burrell finished his St. John’s career with 1,006 points and 609 rebounds. The rebound total was good enough for 30th all time in the school illustrious history.