St. John’s basketball reaches out to sought after Texas Tech transfer

St. John’s basketball is showing interest in Texas Tech forward Marcos Santos-Silva

The transfer carousel continues for the St. John’s basketball program as the latest player the Red Storm have reached out to is Texas Tech transfer Marcos Santos-Silva. 

The 6-foot-7, 245 pound forward averaged 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 29 outings for the Red Raiders this season, eventually losing to Arkansas in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

According to Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog, along with the Johnnies, Ohio State, Marquette, Florida, and Massachusetts are some of the programs to connect with the 23-year old.

Maryland, Boston College, Providence, Texas A&M, Houston, VCU, Florida International, Penn State, and Oklahoma State have also reached out to Santos-Silvia.

Santos-Silva spent three years at VCU before arriving in Lubbock, Texas this past season and he will look to take advantage of the NCAA’s ruling on allowing an extra year of eligibility for seniors.

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The NCAA is also allowing a one free transfer to all student-athletes as Texas Tech has been one of the programs his the hardest this offseason due to the departure of head coach Chris Beard to Texas.

St. John’s basketball also very impacted by transfer portal

The transfer portal has been much busier than in recent offseasons and the Red Storm have certainly felt that as seven players entered into the portal this offseason, not including David Caraher’s transfer in early January.

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St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson has added Purdue’s Aaron Wheeler and Vermont graduate transfer Stef Smith this offseason, but still have four scholarship spots still open for the 2021-22 season.

The Red Storm could do well with bolstering its front-court with the remaining open scholarships and Marcos-Santos Silva would be utilized as an instant impact defender for the Red Storm after he ranked fourth in blocks in the Big 12 this season.