St. John’s basketball does not make Top-8 for Furman transfer Noah Gurley

The St. John’s basketball program did not make the Top-8 for Furman transfer Noah Gurley. 

It was not the most pleasant Easter Sunday for the St.  John’s basketball program as the Johnnies were not included in the Top-8 finalists for Furman transfer Noah Gurley.

Gurley announced the pool of programs in which he will make his decision from next Sunday, April 11 via social media, which include Auburn, Florida, Alabama, San Diego State, Duke, Tennessee, Marquette, and Miami (FL).

The 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward was also considering Xavier, Texas A&M, Western Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Georgia, St. John’s, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, Wake Forest, and TCU.

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Noah Gurley averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game over his three seasons at Furman but his junior campaign was his best with 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks per contest.

The Fayetteville, Georgia native shot 48.8-percent from the floor and 33.9-percent from three-point range last season but fired at a 53.4-percent clip from the field and 40.7-percent from downtown as a sophomore.

St. John’s basketball might be envisioning good news despite being cut from list

While disappointing on the front that St. John’s will not have the chance to add a third impact transfer this offseason with Noah Gurley, the decision from the former Furman standout could foreshadow good news for the Johnnies.

Had Gurley included the Red Storm in his Top-8 and eventually committed to Queens next week, there would be a dark cloud over the return of Julian Champagnie, who announced his decision to enter the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining his collegiate eligibility.

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Champagnie has very similar intangibles to Gurley as a forward that has the ability to play three or the four and is listed at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds.

St. John’s is hoping its All-Big East First Team selection returns to school for his junior year as there has been a major roster turnover in Queens with Posh Alexander, Dylan Addae-Wusu, and Champagnie being the only expected key players to return in the 2021-22 season.

Head coach Mike Anderson has already landed Vermont transfer Stef Smith and Purdue transfer Aaron Wheeler.