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St. John’s Basketball: Ian Steere and Damien Sears transfer out of program

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The Johnnies lose two players in their frontcourt.

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Last Wednesday, it was reported by Verbal Commits that St. John’s big man Damien Sears would be transferring out of the program.

Sears appeared in 28 games for the Red Storm last season, albeit only averaging about eight minutes per game. His biggest performance of the season came against Central Connecticut State, as he added 8 points and 11 rebounds in a dominating St. John’s victory.

Then came the news yesterday, as Zach Braziller of the New York Post wrote that Ian Steere would become the second St. John’s player to transfer. Verbal Commits was also the first to report the news regarding Steere.

While this big-bodied forward was anticipated to be a key piece of the Red Storm’s frontcourt, he failed to contribute much in his time with the team. Steere never managed to log more than five minutes in a game, and finished the season with only one made field goal.

Nevertheless, coach Mike Anderson and staff are now working with one open scholarship. Their priority would appear to be another big man, as the only two remaining on the roster are Josh Roberts, and JUCO commit Isaih Moore. Should St. John’s choose to use the open scholarship, it seems most likely they would look for a player in the transfer pool. This offseason, over 400 players across the nation have entered their name into the transfer market.