St. John's gets votes in first Top 25 poll

St. John's made an appearance in the first ESPN/USA Today coaches poll of the season, released on Thursday.

No, the Red Storm were not ranked in the top 25. But they did receive 11 votes, placing them tied for 39th overall, despite the fact that the team returns just one scholarship player from last year's squad, reserve guard Malik Stith.

North Carolina received 30 of the 31 first-place votes, making them the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country. Kentucky, which St. John's faces on the road Dec. 1, got the remaining first-place vote and is ranked No. 2.

Six Big East teams were placed in the top 25, including four in the top 11. UConn, the defending national champions, leads that group at No. 4.

Here's a link to the complete poll.