St. John’s basketball: AJ Storr, Kolby King enter transfer portal

St. John's basketball guard AJ Storr (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball guard AJ Storr (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball freshmen AJ Storr and Kolby King are entering the transfer portal. 

There had been little movement with the reconstruction of the St. John’s basketball roster in the last week but two massive names have entered the transfer portal on Tuesday afternoon.

AJ Storr and Kolby King will transfer from the Red Storm, according to On3Sports.

Storr reportedly had been invited to remain on the team following Rick Pitino’s introductory press conference but elected to look elsewhere to play after further conversations with the coaching staff, according to a source.

The former four-star recruit played in 33 games for the Johnnies this season, starting 17, and averaged 8.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per contest while shooting 43.4-percent from the field and 40.4-percent from 3-point range.

Many power conference programs are expected to pursue the Big East All-Freshman Team selection, whose most iconic moment with the Johnnies came via a game winning 3-pointer to defeat Georgetown inside Madison Square Garden.

Kolby King also entered the transfer portal after one season in Queens, which showed promise at times.

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King played in 26 games this season but only posted 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

However, he posted a season-high eight points in St. John’s final game of the season against Marquette in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.

St. John’s basketball roster purging continues

AJ Storr and Kolby King join St. John’s Rafael Pinzon and O’Mar Stanley in the transfer portal, who both announced their decisions last week, while the expectation is that more players will declare their intentions to play elsewhere next season.

Joel Soriano is the only player confirmed to return next season as Rick Pitino publicly said at Madison Square Garden last Tuesday that he would bring in as many as eight new players and most of the current players would not return.

St. John’s has also lost a commitment from unranked shooting guard Harrison Reede.

Mohamed Keita, who played just seven games last season due to injury, is the only player from last year’s freshmen class that currently remains on the roster.

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