St. John’s will host wing Dachon Burke, a 6’4”, 180 pound transfer from Robert Morris with two years of eligibility left, on April 23rd.
Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke tells me he will visit St. John's on April 23rd. #SJUBB— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 17, 2018
Burke, from Orange, NJ, has been in contact with the Red Storm about the possibility of a transfer, and has also heard from Pittsburgh, Arizona and others. The desire to play closer to home, however, could be a factor for the talented Burke.
Robert Morris, under head coach Andy Toole, has consistently brought in players talented enough to attract looks from higher-level programs. Burke was an explosive scorer on the NEC level, averaging just under 18 points per game last season while shooting 51% inside the arc, 34% from beyond the arc and 63% at the free throw line. He assisted on 19% of his teammates’ shots while taking 30% of the shots on the floor — he was very involved in the offense.
And his steal rate of 3.6% on the season was in the top-50 of all NCAA Division I players.
Burke had a strong season, with a career-high of 29 points against LIU-Brooklyn. The only major conference team he played against was North Carolina State, where he scored 12 points with eight rebounds (six defensive), three assists and two turnovers in a losing effort.
Watch this video from about 38 seconds on — Robert Morris vs Siena — and keep an eye on #11, who is making most of the plays on offense. To note: Robert Morris as a team sleepwalked through a stretch of the first half, fell behind, and were not playing active defense for long stretches.
But again, watch #11 make plays and slash.
Another highlight video from Burke at Robert Morris
A visit is always a good sign for a transfer target. But can St. John’s close the deal?
A look at the current roster, below.
The Red Storm are likely to look at a few more transfer targets in the next week, as well — possibly a JUCO and a transfer from an SEC school.