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Joel Soriano is at work to claim his role as St. John's leader

All of Joel Soriano shouts "Leader".

He is outgoing, personable, experienced, and not afraid to share his feelings. But most importantly, St. John's Center understands what it takes to get others to follow suit.

"You have to do your job. You can't call yourself a leader if you don't do what other people are doing," says St. He told the Post this week while preparing for an international tour.

St. Johns His coach Mike Anderson said that the 6-foot-11-inch Soriano will take a leadership role on the team and help top scorer Julien fill the void left by his Champagne. I fully expect This offseason, the Yonkers native made it clear just how important basketball is to him. He works on his body in the gym every day and does frequent multiple workouts to get in top shape.

Last spring, when he arrived at St. John's from Fordham, Soriano was his 280 pounds. He devoted himself to getting in the physical shape needed to play in Anderson's uptempo system. He changed his diet, quit fast food and lost 20 pounds.

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But there was still work to do after the season. Soriano ended a disappointing season for Johnny's, averaging 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 over the last 10 games. But that wasn't enough for the up-and-coming senior.

"So that I can stay on the court longer," Soriano said when asked about his motivations. “I felt like I had to change my body in different ways to try and take my game to the next level. I try to do what I can for the team.

Anderson suggested that Soriano could spontaneously emerge as a leader, adding to the maturity he displayed in his work ethic. , has been more vocal through spring training and practices, spending more time with himself, and he hunts down assistant coaches and team managers on his off days.

I think I like it," Anderson said. “He often takes his shirt off. Last year he didn't. …I like the direction he's going. It's already involved: DePaul's relationship with David Jones, who is expected to replace Champagny as the team's top scorer, was a key factor in the decision to bring the talented wing to Queens, Jones said. Soriano said the two got along very well and that he clearly wanted a close friend to join St. John's, but made it clear to Jones that he was out of the equation.

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``Don't come here because of me. This is the place to come," Soriano told Jones. "Imagine I'm not here. Would you still come to St. John's?"

Soriano later added. Thank you for coming [to St. John's]. You look like a big brother.

Soriano did not name any personal goals as a leader when asked about his hopes for next season. He pointed out that he was a capable person. It was further proof that he was ready to be the voice of St. John's this winter.

"To be a leader is to be consistent and speak up." said Soriano. “When you experience adversity, when you face problems in the locker room or outside the locker room, someone on the team picks up the other player, stabilizes the other player, keeps the other player close, keeps everyone together. We must continue to unite.