St. John’s calm and positive offset hit a large brick wall Tuesday morning.
Top scorer and All-Big East second team selection LJ Figueroa, who is testing the waters of the 2020 NBA draft, has entered the transfer portal.
According to a source, 6-foot-6 Figueroa told coach Mike Anderson that he would like to explore his options on Tuesday. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Figuero did not give a reason why he was interested in leaving.
Sources said the coaching staff was not necessarily surprised by the news. In recent weeks, the level of communication between Figueroa and the St. John coach has declined. If Figueroa relocates in practice, he will have to sit next season with the exception of the legal relief waiver. Sources, based on the effects of the New York City novel Coronavirus Epidemic, said he had schools in his ears about the possibility of such a waiver.
After becoming a breakout star as a software, Figueroa struggled somewhat as the team’s top option last year, averaging 14.5 points per game in 3 37.9 shots off the field. He fit in well with Anderson’s tips, up-tempo style, leading the Big East at 1.9 per game.
Losing in Figueroa is a significant blow to the program, which has gone through several worrying transfers because, according to sources, it was not the place to take it. One of them, Monmouth Transfer Warden Ray Salnav, chose Dipple after he recently agreed to St. John’s. According to sources, Johnny backed down after receiving positive news about his return to Figueroa. The local Salnave in Queens probably chose St. John’s.
Last spring, after hiring Anderson, Figuero also put his name on the transfer portal, but chose to return.