By CHARLIE PARENT & ADAM ZAGORIA St. John’s players Posh Alexander, Dylan Addae-Wusu, A.J. Storr, O’Mar Stanley, and Kolby King will all transfer. The news comes just eight days after legendary coach Rick Pitino came on as the Red Storm’s head man, and said changes would be made. The Alexander news was first reported Wednesday by ZAGSBLOG, while the others announced via social media. Alexander averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals as a junior but was not deemed a good fit for Pitino’s culture and system. Addae-Wusu, Alexander’s former high school teammate at Our Savior Lutheran, averaged 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Among the other three, Storr was the leading contributor, averaging 8.8 points per game in his freshman campaign. Stanley averaged 4.7 points per game last year and King scored 1.7 as St. John’s went 18-15 and missed the NCAA Tournament. Pitino talked at length about the transfer portal in his introductory press conference and said he planned to add 6-8 new players to a St. John’s roster he would build around returning big man Joel Soriano. “I need guys who can shoot the basketball, not get fatigued, get after it defensively,” he said. “We’re probably going to have to bring in 6-8 players for this basketball team and that’s going to take a lot of work.” He added that there would be turnover on the current St. John’s roster, which began Tuesday with the departures of Storr, Stanley, and King. “A lot of players probably won’t be back on this team because they’re probably not a good fit for me,” he said. “…It takes a certain type of player to play for me…and if you’re not, it’s just not a good fit, it just doesn’t work.” Where St. John’s stands with several of its top transfer targets, including Walter Clayton Jr., Nick Timberlake, and Chris Ledlum, can be found here. (This post was updated on March 30 at 10:28 a.m.) Follow Charlie on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
St. John’s Junior G Posh Alexander will enter the transfer portal, per sources— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 29, 2023
Averaged 10.2 ppg, 4.2 apt, 3.9 rpg and 2.0 spg