St John’s to unveil Carnesecca statue in hoops arena bearing name

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FILE – In this Nov. 23, 2004, file photo, former St. John’s basketball coach Lou Carnesecca, right, addresses fans at St John’s in New York at a ceremony that was to rename the court for the longtime former coach. Looking on is Donald J Harrington, then-president of the university. St. John’s plans to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame coach Carnesecca this fall in the on-campus arena that bears his name. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

NEW YORK — St. John’s plans to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Carnesecca this fall in the on-campus arena that bears his name.

Commissioned by the university, the statue will be placed in the lobby across from the main entrance of Carnesecca Arena.

A public unveiling ceremony is scheduled as the opening event for homecoming weekend on Oct. 22, with a dedication ceremony the following day.

The 96-year-old Carnesecca won 526 games in 24 years as head coach at St. John’s, most in program history.

He guided the school to 18 NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the 1985 Final Four, and its fifth NIT championship in 1989.

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