Former St. John’s star and NBA forward Malik Sealy died in a car accident 12 years ago today, May 20.
Sealy was driving home in Minnesota from a birthday party for friend and teammate Kevin Garnett, when he was struck by a drunk driver who was traveling the wrong way down the highway. Sealy’s SUV reportedly did not have an airbag and he was not wearing his seatbelt.
Sealy averaged 18.9 points per game over his four seasons at St. John’s, and was an All-American in 1991-92. He was drafted 14th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 1992 NBA draft.
He was a New York-born prospect who stayed in the city to play his college ball, something that traditionally helped St. John’s to build a strong program.
His best collegiate season came when he was a senior, averaging 22.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. In the NBA, he just over 10 points per game in his career.
Since his death, the Minnesota Timberwolves have retired his jersey number. Garnett, who was close with Sealy, has a tattoo honoring him.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.
Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.
Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.
South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.
They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.