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Ian Steere to transfer to St. John’s

Big man will join St. John’s in the spring, likely paying own way, and will be a big presence next season.

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Wendell Cruz

Ian Steere, a 6’9”, 261 pound power forward from North Carolina, has chosen to transfer from North Carolina State to St. John’s.

He should be eligible at least by next December, if not sooner; he played in one contest for NC State, five minutes in their season opener.

Steere, listed as the #140 recruit in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, once committed to Creighton before stepping back, decommitting, and choosing NC State. But NC State recruited a highly-regarded grad transfer and had a sit-out transfer at his position, and Steere has moved on, likely looking for more playing time.

Per Julius Kim, Steere says of what he can bring to St. John’s, “I feel like I can bring a little bit of everything to the team. Some things people haven’t seen me do yet. But without a doubt I will be a big presence in the paint and on the boards.”

Chances are Steere will need to pay his way for a semester to join the Red Storm as a walk on. St. John’s does not have any available scholarships.

Next season, Steere comes in to join Sedee Keita, Josh Roberts and Marcellus Earlington on the front line. David Caraher, who played power forward for Houston Baptist before transferring to St. John’s, could also see time up front. Steere was high school teammates for a year with Caraher at Wesleyan Christian.

Steere will join Cameron Mack as 2019 recruits; Caraher and Eli Wright, a transfer from Mississippi State, will also be new to the active squad next season.