The St. John’s basketball program is working quickly for Fordham transfer Joel Soriano.
It made perfect sense for the St. John’s basketball program to quickly reach out to Fordham transfer Joel Soriano and that is exactly what head coach Mike Anderson is doing.
Soriano entered the transfer portal on Tuesday after spending two years in the Bronx with the Rams.
The 6-foot-11, 250 pound center originally attended St. Thomas More Prep School (CT) before transferring and graduating from New York private school powerhouse Archbishop Stepinac (NY).
As a freshman at Rose Hill, Soriano played in 30 games for Fordham, starting 12, and averaged 4.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game but saw his numbers increase as a sophomore with 10.4 points and 9.2 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per contest.
Soriano also started all 14 games he appeared in for the Rams as a sophomore and after missing nearly a month with an injury, posted 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Atlantic-10 Tournament against George Washington.
Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgetown, Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech, Creighton, Providence, Penn State, VCU, and Marquette have also reached out to Joel Soriano, according to multiple reports.
St. John’s basketball continues search for front court help
It was very clear where the Red Storm needed to upgrade at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season and that has not changed despite several transfers from the program early in the offseason.
Isaih Moore and Josh Roberts were the two primary centers for the Johnnies last season and both have entered the transfer portal along with Vince Cole, John McGriff, Greg Williams Jr., Marcellus Earlington, and Rasheem Dunn.
However, head coach Mike Anderson has landed Purdue’s Aaron Wheeler and Vermont graduate transfer Stef Smith this offseason.
St. John’s is also awaiting the NBA Draft decision of sophomore standout Julian Champagnie who has opted to test the waters while maintaining his collegiate eligibility.