The St. John’s basketball program continues to reach out to transfer guards.
Another high-profile guard has hit the transfer market that the St. John’s basketball coaching staff has reached out to Indiana standout Aljami ‘Al’ Durham.
Durham officially announced his intentions to transfer from the Hoosiers as a fifth year senior on Tuesday morning following the official dismissal of head coach Archie Miller on Monday.
Miller ended this season with six straight losses en route to a 12-15 campaign and Indiana did not play in a single NCAA Tournament game in his four years in Bloomington.
Indiana was 67-58 overall and 33-44 in the Big Ten during Miller’s time in Assembly Hall.
As for Al Durham, he hasn’t been heavily relied upon to shoulder the scoring load for the Hoosiers in his four seasons at the school, but the 6-foot-4 guard is coming off a career-high season in scoring.
Durham played in 26 games this season, starting 25, and posted 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game on a career-worst 38.8-percent shooting from the field and 38.0-percent from three-point range.
The Lilburn, Georgia native had his best scoring game in a double overtime victory over Northwestern where he poured in 24 points.
St. John’s basketball has fierce competition for the guard’s services
If the Johnnies are serious in its pursuit of Al Durham, head coach Mike Anderson and his staff will have tough competition to try and lure the former Hoosier to Queens.
The Athletic’s recruiting analyst Andrew Slater reported that Nebraska, Providence, Kansas, Texas Tech, LSU, TCU, Villanova, Duke, and Michigan St. have all reached out to Durham since entering the transfer portal.
St. John’s has two scholarship openings following the departure of wing Vince Cole and forward Isaih Moore.
The Red Storm (16-11, 10-9 Big East) are coming off a season in which they would have been invited to the 2021 NIT but declined an invitation over concerns regarding health and safety protocols.