St. John’s basketball: Andre Curbelo commits to Southern Mississippi

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

St. John’s basketball guard Andre Curbelo has found a new home in his career. 

It was a wild season in Queens for Andre Curbelo but the former St. John’s basketball guard has officially found a new home after a lengthy stay in the transfer portal.

Curbelo announced his commitment to Southern Mississippi earlier in the week.

The former Long Island Lutheran (NY) standout spent his first two seasons at Illinois before entering the transfer portal and committing to the Red Storm last offseason.

Curbelo averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per contest while shooting 42.4-percent from the field and a career-high 29.4-percent from 3-point range.

However, there were off the court issues with the electrifying college basketball star as he was suspended twice during the season for not adhering to team rules.

The first suspension came on January 3 against Marquette where he was spotted inside Carnesecca Arena wearing a disguise and then appeared in the post game press conference.

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Andre Curbelo was also suspended three games in mid-February, which head coach Mike Anderson called a “coach’s decision.”

The initial timetable on the suspension was labeled as “indefinite.”

Curbelo saw his St. John’s career end from the sidelines as a concussion suffered in practice kept him out of the final regular season game of the year as well as the two games the Red Storm played in during the Big East Tournament.

Former St. John’s basketball player already has ties to new school

Southern Miss, winners of the Sun Belt regular season championship last year, boasts Juan Cardona as an associate head coach, who already has ties to Curbelo.

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Cardona and Curbelo as both are from the same hometown (Vega Baja) in Puerto Rico and Cardona has experiencing coaching some of the Puerto Rican national teams.

Andre Curbelo is not listed as a graduate transfer so the former Johnnie would need a waiver from the NCAA in order to be eligible to play this season as a two-time transfer.