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Dachon Burke to visit St. John’s

The Robert Morris transfer from New Jersey is an athletic slasher

Tip-off at the Garden
Wendell Cruz

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.

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.

St. John’s Roster as of 4/18/18
Norman Rose

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.