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For Steve Lavin, image isn't everything

Less than a year into the job, the St. John's head man has proven he really can coach

Updated: March 5, 2011, 3:12 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- When first-year St. John's coach Steve Lavin signed a top-rated recruiting class before his new team had even played a game for him, it was a startling achievement. Yet, it's still not the most startling thing Lavin has done in this program-reviving season that's hurtling toward Big East tournament play next week. Lavin had reeled in two top-rated recruiting classes before, at UCLA. He's like one of those baseball players who can fall out of bed and hit .400.

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