Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin announced that sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey plans to transfer to another NCAA Division I institution at the conclusion of the Fall 2011 semester.
"This was a mutually agreed-upon decision that Nuri’s pursuit of other opportunities is in the best interest of all parties," said Lavin. “We appreciate Nuri’s contributions to our program. He is a basketball player with a bright future.”
"I came to St. Johns for a couple of reasons. One was to be close to my mom, whose health has been up and down due to some past experiences. The second was to play for Coach Lav,” said Lindsey. “In both instances, it has not worked out how I envisioned. I think Coach Lav is an amazing coach, and person. He could have taught me so much." said Lindsey.
Lindsey was third on the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game and paced the squad in assists at 2.9 per contest. He averaged 1.6 steals per outing to go along with 4.9 rebounds and a 46.2 percent mark from the field across his first nine contests.
Lindsey reached double figures six times in the young 2011-12 season, with a season-high 19 points coming in his NCAA Division I collegiate debut on Nov. 7 vs. William & Mary at Carnesecca Arena. He recorded a near triple-double on Nov. 13 vs. UMBC in Queens with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
This is just the latest blow to the group of young talent that joined St. John's for the 2011 season. Earlier this year, it was announced that recruits Norvel Pelle, JaKarr Sampson and Amir Garrett were not academically eligible to enroll at the university. St. John's is working to get them eligible for the spring semester.