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Lavin's recruits re-energizing Red Storm

New coach's reputation helping turn heads toward St. John's among Class of 2011

Updated: November 13, 2010, 8:57 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Dwayne Polee was brutally honest: He had never even entertained the thought of coming to St. John's until Steve Lavin was hired as head coach.

"Nah, it never even entered my mind really," Polee said.

And really, why would it have? Polee was a West Coast kid, the player of the year in Los Angeles, being courted by some of the top programs in the Pac-10. St. John's is 3,000 miles away, and has been one of the proverbial doormats of the Big East in recent years.

But ...

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