St. John’s basketball reaches out to Delaware transfer Justyn Mutts

St. John's basketball target Justyn Mutts #25 of the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball target Justyn Mutts #25 of the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

The St. John’s basketball program has reached out to Delaware transfer Justyn Mutts after a scholarship opened up last week.

Mike Anderson and his coaching staff are wasting no time after the surprising announcement that junior wing LJ Figueroa entered the transfer portal.

Figueroa, who could still return to St. John’s despite that being highly unlikely, was holding the final scholarship spot on the Red Storm roster for the 2020-21 season.

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However, St. John’s is already scouting the transfer portal after reaching out to Delaware transfer Justyn Mutts.

A Millville, New Jersey native, Mutts stands at 6-foot-7 and took a massive jump from his freshman to sophomore season after averaging 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game on 53.8 percent shooting but the forward is not a 3-point shooter, only making 11.1 percent of his attempts.

Mutts spent his freshman season at High Point before transferring to Delaware and NCAA transfer rules made him sit out the 2018-19 year.

Unfortunately for the Red Storm, they are not the only suitor for Justyn Mutts as many high-profile Division I programs on his tail such as North Carolina State, Arkansas, Houston, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Boston College, Mississippi State, St. Bonaventure Tulsa, DePaul, Purdue, and Georgia Southern.

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St. John’s was able to land George Washington graduate transfer Arnoldo Toro but the Johnnies had to pass on other transfers in the portal this offseason, specifically Monmouth’s Ray Salnave, a Queens native who appeared set to commit to the Red Storm but when the program did not offer him a scholarship because there was not one available, he committed to Big East rival DePaul.

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Mutts would be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer and will have two years remaining in his college career but the forward has not given a timetable for a cutdown of his list or an announcement date.