Slowly but surely, the dominoes are falling in regards to the NBA Draft and transfers following the 2015-16 season.
The early entry deadline for the NBA Draft is fast-approaching, which means we should have a better idea of what rosters will look like heading into next season.
At the same time, players are starting to decide where they will transfer and continue their basketball careers. Some players are eligible this season, while others will sit out 2016-17 and make their debut in 2017-18. Regardless, their decisions impact the future for teams all across the country.
On Wednesday, a Big East team got a big boost.
According to reports, Michigan State Spartans’ transfer Marvin Clark, Jr. has committed to play for the St. John’s Red Storm.
Reports have surfaced that the 6’6” forward has committed to the Red Storm, and we first caught the news in a tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.
Last season with the Spartans, Clark, Jr. averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 52.3% from the floor, and an impressive 42.3% from three point range. His shooting abilities were a big focal point for schools pursuing Clark, Jr. on the transfer market.
He battled through injuries in 2015-16, missing an extended period of time due to a foot injury.
Clark, Jr. will sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but has two years of eligibility left and will be able to suit up starting in 2017-18.
St. John’s may not be done on the transfer market this off-season. The Red Storm are still actively pursuing Arizona Wildcats’ transfer Justin Simon, who visited the campus last weekend, and Anthony Livingston, a graduate transfer from the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Livingston is expected to visit St. John’s in the near future, while barring a surprise, many expect Simon to commit to St John’s in the near future, as well.
After a down year for the Red Storm, all signs point to an upward trend for Head Coach Chris Mullin and St. John’s.