St. John’s basketball guard Vince Cole enters transfer portal

St. John's basketball guard Vince Cole (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball guard Vince Cole (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

St. John’s basketball wing Vince Cole has entered the transfer portal. 

For the second time in as many days the St. John’s basketball program has seen a player enter the transfer portal.

Guard Vince Cole announced his decision to leave Queens on Monday evening after one season with the program.

Cole came to St. John’s through University of South Carolina Salkehatchie, a junior college in Allendale, South Carolina, where he was a First Team All-America selection and NJCAA Region X Player of the Year as a sophomore and a Second Team All-American selection and the NJCAA Region X Player of the Year as a freshman.

There was a hope that the 6-foot-6 wing would replace the void left by LJ Figueroa after his surprising departure from St. John’s last offseason but Cole never looked consistently comfortable once Big East play began.

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Vince Cole played in 27 games, starting 21, and averaged 8.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 39.3-percent from the floor and 35.7-percent from three-point range.

Two of the biggest shots of the season came from Cole with his game winners against St. Peter’s and Rider.

St. John’s 92-87 victory over Rider was Cole’s biggest offensive output of the season with 26 points but he only reached double-figures once in the final eight games of the regular season after scoring at least 10 points in his previous five games.

Vince Cole joins his fellow JUCO product Isaih Moore as players to enter the transfer portal this offseason from St. John’s.

Potential landing spot for the former St. John’s basketball wing

Hours before the Red Storm guard announced his official departure from the school, Boston College hired the College of Charleston’s Earl Grant as its next men’s basketball head coach.

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Cole, a Charleston, South Carolina native, held an offer from Cougars during his high school recruitment and the ex-Johnnie seems to be intrigued by the idea of playing in Chestnut Hill as he retweeted the following tweets:

St. John’s now has two open scholarships for the 2021-22 season as the the coaching staff remains active in trying to add more pieces for the upcoming campaign.

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