St. John’s basketball: O’Mar Stanley enters portal after two seasons

St. John's basketball forward O'Mar Stanley (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball forward O'Mar Stanley (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

O’Mar Stanley became the second St. John’s basketball player to enter the transfer portal. 

Things are officially starting to heat up in the transfer portal in Queens as the second player in as many days is making his exit from the St. John’s basketball program.

Sophomore forward O’Mar Stanley entered the portal on Thursday following two seasons with the Red Storm.

Stanley joins sophomore Rafael Pinzon in the portal, who announced his departure from the team on Wednesday.

“St. John’s, thank you,” Stanley wrote on Twitter.

The Overland Park, Kansas had a limited role off the bench during his two seasons under Mike Anderson but was effective when he was on the floor.

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“Thank you coach [Mike] Anderson, coach [TJ] Cleveland, my teammates, and the rest of the staff for these past two years,” the sophomore continued.

“I have decided to enter the transfer portal to begin reopening my recruitment. I have complete faith in what the future holds for me and my family.”

Stanley made 18 starts in 31 games this season for the Johnnies yet only averaged 15.0 minutes per contest while posting 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

St. John’s basketball forward flashed potential when given opportunity

As a freshman, O’Mar Stanley saw action in 30 games, starting none, and averaged 10.1 minutes, 3.0 points, and 2.0 rebounds per contest.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound center showcased his ability to shoot the basketball late in the season, making 5-of-11 attempts from 3-point range but only taking two shots from distance before February 14.

O’Mar Stanley averaged 7.2 points during the final seven games of the season.

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The move continues to show how Rick Pitino is changing and transforming the Red Storm roster, like he said he would, and more players will be entering the transfer portal in the coming days.

Pitino mentioned in his introductory press conference that most players on the roster would not return because they are not a good fit for his style of basketball and he would bring at least six new players to Queens.

Stanley’s only other power conference offer before committing to St. John’s came from Ole Miss.

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