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Rasheem Dunn eligible to play for St. John’s

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The Johnnies add another playmaking guard to the eligible roster.

The wait is over
Wendell Cruz

Dunn Dunn! [Law & Order sound]

Some may say justice has been served, because, per Jon Rothstein on Twitter, Rasheem Dunn is free to play ball for the St. John’s Red Storm.

A 6’2” transfer from Cleveland State, where he sat out last year following a transfer from St. Francis (Brooklyn), Dunn wanted to return to New York after his coach was fired in July. A player is supposed to sit a year after transferring, on one hand, but the NCAA had been allowing waivers for murky situations; and a second transfer put Dunn into a murky area with the NCAA rules.

Possibly due to a lack of support for a waiver from Cleveland State, he was deemed ineligible, which sparked a public campaign on Twitter against the Cleveland State AD which looped in basketball names such as Dick Vitale.

And now, Dunn is eligible after the Red Storm’s first three games.

"I appreciate all the support I have received from St. John’s," said Dunn in a statement issued by St. John’s. "I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity. It was worth the wait."

He will be available this Saturday against Vermont.

Dunn, a former high school teammate of Shamorie Ponds, brings a high-usage, scorer’s mentality to the point guard position. He has been a low-turnover slasher, but has also taken a lot of three pointers — 37% of his shots — despite converting at around 25% for his career [read more in the Rumble profile].

On this team, which needs more players who can attack and score at the rim with quickness, Dunn’s strengths may be magnified.

The squad is building around focal points Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa, but clearly needed more scoring punch against New Hampshire.

Still, adding a scorer to a team that seems to be getting into a gritty rhythm could have growing pains. But coaches prefer to have more points than fewer points; and on a team that fouls as much as Mike Anderson’s squads do, every capable live body is an asset.

Expect to see Dunn take some pressure off of the rest of the team to score, possibly freeing up some looks inside from dunk threats/ offensive rebounders like Josh Roberts and Marcellus Earlington.