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David Caraher to transfer to St. John’s

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The Johnnies land another new player, but this one will sit next season due to NCAA transfer rules.

NCAA Basketball: Houston Baptist at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

St. John’s has landed another player for the program — transfer David Caraher, who will sit out next season before suiting up as a sophomore in 2019-20.

Caraher apparently enjoyed his official visit this weekend on a lovely spring day in New York City; and like many transfers, he didn’t need many visits to decide on his next stop.

The 6’6” wing Caraher is a transfer from Southland Conference’s Houston Baptist, where he was the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. Born in Fort Myers, FL, raised in North Carolina, but with some family in New York, Caraher had committed to Butler before the school and player decided to part ways.

After graduating from Wesleyan Christian Academy, he ended up at Houston Baptist, where he shined for the 6-25 squad.

Justin Byerly of Prep Hoops, the scouting service run by Rick Lewis, has the scoop.

Caraher looks to inherit at least some of the minutes from Marvin Clark II, who graduates after this coming season; incoming freshman Boubacar Diakite could also command some time.

As a wing with some post moves, the Johnnies hope to see the player who, as a freshman, scored 19 in the Houston Baptist season opener against Providence, 12 versus Virginia Tech, 10 at Oklahoma State. To be fair, he only scored six and seven, respectively, against Michigan State and Vanderbilt.

Overall, he shot well from all levels, shooting 68% at the rim, an impressive 40% in the mid range and 37% from beyond the arc.

Chris Mullin’s Johnnies will have a need for a high-volume confident scorer next to Mikey Dixon in 2019-20; hopefully Caraher will fit the bill.

The Johnnies will also visit sophomore guard Dachon Burke tomorrow, a transfer target from Robert Morris. He is a talented slashing wing from Orange, NJ.