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Saturday / August 24.
  • L.J. Figueroa staying at St. John’s is good news for Mike Anderson

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    CHICAGO — New St. John’s coach Mike Anderson got some good news Wednesday when L.J. Figueroa announced via Instagram that he would be returning to the school.

    The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds but then opted to enter the transfer portal. He visited Western Kentucky and drew interest from several high-major programs.

    Anderson now has a nice core of returning players and transfers in Figueroa, Mustapha Heron, Eli Wright and Greg Williams, along with David Caraher and Ian Steere.

    St. John’s recently added junior college forward Damien Sears and point guard Johnathan McGriff to the 2019 class.

    Leading scorer Shamorie Ponds entered the NBA Draft and will play this week in the NBA Draft Combine here in Chicago, while Justin Simon also left school and will participate in the Pro Basketball Combine in California.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.