St. John’s basketball: Decision of JUCO standout becomes more important

St. John's basketball target Carlos Curry (Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball target Carlos Curry (Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

The decision of St. John’s basketball target Carlos Curry became more important after the latest adjustment regarding eligibility.

The NCAA made the ruling that the 2020-21 season will not count against the eligibility of players and the NJCAA will do the same. The NCAA also will honor the NJCAA’s decision for players making the leap to Division I.

So, typically a junior college player would have two seasons of eligibility when making the jump to the NCAA, but now those players will have three years of eligibility remaining.

This brings in the recruitment of Carlos Curry, who will still have three seasons left at a Division I program following his year at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

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Since announcing he would be transferring from Ole Miss, Curry has picked up offers from Kent State, Old Dominion, Eastern Tennessee State, Southern Utah, West Virginia, Akron, Florida International, Coastal Carolina, St. John’s, Cal State Bakersfield, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, College of Charleston, Houston, and Oregon State.

In his one season with the Rebels, Curry only played in 11 games averaging 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.

Fouling was a small issue for the 6-foot-11 center as he picked up 16 total fouls, 0.9 per game, in 4.6 minutes per game.

St. John’s fans have been clamoring for Curry to join the Red Storm as head coach Mike Anderson is still looking for a big man to round out his Class of 2021, joining Long Island Lutheran standouts Drissa Traore and Rafael Pinzon.

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The Red Storm are also targeting Class of 2021 standout Mustapha Amzil, who has seen his recruiting timeline explode over the last two weeks.

Since October Amzil has picked up offers from Maryland, Dayton, St. John’s, Boston College, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, DePaul, North Carolina State, and Illinois.

St. John’s seems determined to land a big man in the Class of 2021 and time will tell if the coaching staff did enough to put the finishing touches on next year’s team.

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