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Sunday / June 16.
  • Southern Miss adds St. John’s transfer Andre Curbelo

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Andre Curbelo has found a new home.

    The native of Puerto Rico who is known for being a magician with the basketball has committed to Southern Miss after spending last season at St. John’s and his first two years at Illinois.

    Because the former Long Island Lutheran star did not graduate from St. John’s, he will need a waiver from the NCAA to play at his new school.

    He averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 assists last season while battling injuries and clashing with former St. John’s coach Mike Anderson.

    In January, he was suspended one game for not adhering to team standards. He then missed the Big East Tournament with a concussion.

    Now he will try to reboot his career under coach Jay Ladner and assistant Juan Cardona, whose coaching career began in 1998 when he was named head coach at Lino Padron Rivera High School in his hometown of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.

    Curbelo’s former St. John’s teammate David Jones also committed to Memphis on Monday.

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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.

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