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September 1, 2014, 5:19 am

Great things expected of St. Joe’s Galloway

Saint Joseph’s will host Villanova in a classic Big 5 matchup at Hagan Arena. The Hawks are coming off a big upset win over nationally ranked Creighton. This will be the first time in school history the Saint Joseph’s–Villanova game will be on the Saint Joseph’s campus.

It should be quite a crowd on Hawk Hill. Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s outstanding 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, will have a number of fans watching him play in what should be a great City Series game. Galloway will have plenty of students cheering for him as well as a number of family members.

Galloway is the nephew of Hawks assistant coach Geoff Arnold, who was a sensational player during his college career at Saint Joseph’s. Langston’s mother, Jeri, is Geoff Arnold’s sister. His father, Larry Galloway, played his college basketball at Virginia State. They’re two of his biggest fans. They come to just about all his games.

But other family members have come as well. His grandmother, Lillian Arnold, has watched him play as well as his uncles, Peter Arnold and Benjamin Alvin Arnold, and his aunt Fern and her husband and family. Geoff’s wife, Stephanie and their daughter, Gabrielle, have seen him showcase his talents. And that’s just a few of his family members. There have been others who have attended his games as well.

Galloway is a big-time attraction. He was a brilliant high school player at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was Class 1A All-State first team selection in high school. He was a two-time District 7-1A Player of the Year.

Galloway received a tremendous amount of interest from several Division I programs. He could have gone to a lot of schools. However, he decided to come to Saint Joseph’s where he has learned from head coach Phil Martelli as well as Geoff Arnold. Galloway was a first-team Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team selection last year. He also received Big 5 Rookie of the Year honors.

He is currently averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. Galloway is shooting 46.6 percent from three-point range. He had a career high 30 points recently in a victory over Boston University. Although Galloway is a great player with a lot of potential, he’s also a terrific person. He has a good foundation, and that starts with his family.

“I really appreciate all the support,” Galloway said. “It’s nice to have a lot of my family here. I see them after the game. They look forward to coming to the games. I’m excited to see them. It makes me feel good.”

Saint Joseph’s (7-3) has one of the youngest teams in the country. They have two juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen. Villanova (6-4) should be a big challenge for them. If Saint Joseph’s can play the way they did against Creighton, they could see an even bigger celebration on Hawk Hill. A win over the Wildcats would give the fans a lot of excitement. It would give Galloway and his family something to cheer about as well.


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