Sir'Dominic Pointer caps off spectacular senior season with selection by Cleveland Cavaliers in second round of Thursday's NBA Draft. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)
Moments after the clock struck midnight and Thursday night turned into Friday morning, the slipper still fit for St. John's jack of all trades, even over three months removed from the final game of his Cinderella senior season.
Sir'Dominic Pointer, who rose from mediocrity to carry St. John's into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft, taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 53rd overall choice.
"It was just an unbelievable feeling," Pointer told SNY's Josh Newman moments after his selection was revealed via ESPN's ticker, albeit during a commercial break. "You can't even describe it, it's just humbling. It's just an amazing feeling."
Pointer, a 6-6 swingman from Detroit, averaged 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game to go with three assists and 2.4 blocked shots per contest as the Red Storm reached the field of 68 for the second time in five years. For his efforts, he was awarded the MBWA/Haggerty Award, recognized as the best player in the metropolitan area by the local writers. He becomes the second St. John's player under former coach Steve Lavin to be drafted, joining his former classmate Maurice Harkless, who was selected 15th overall in 2012 and now plays for the Orlando Magic. Another Red Storm product, JaKarr Sampson, is currently an active member of the Philadelphia 76ers roster, but earned his way to the highest professional level as an undrafted free agent.
Pointer's versatility, which prompted Lavin to call him a "WD-40" player and give him the nickname "Costco," was an integral piece of the Red Storm puzzle in each of his four years in Queens. Now, his multifaceted attack will complement LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on a Cavaliers team that seeks to defend its Eastern Conference championship.
"To get the opportunity to get on the floor with those guys," Pointer said to Newman, "is the greatest feeling in the world. I'm just excited to get this all started."