St. John’s loses leading scorer to Oregon
by Bryan Fonseca
Jun 24, 2020 | 6831 views | 0 0 comments | 724 724 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. John’s Red Storm leading scorer LJ Figueroa announced on Sunday that he’s leaving the university after two years as one of the club’s most integral basketball players.

Figueroa says he will be transferring to the University of Oregon, and plans to immediately obtain a waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to play out what would be his senior year this upcoming season.

Figueroa had previously entered the NBA Draft and the transfer portal, but elected to return to St. John’s this past season, where he paced the team with 14.5 points per game, while shooting 37 percent from three.

“First and foremost, I want to thank St. John’s for the last two seasons,” he wrote in a graphic posted on his official Twitter account, wearing a photoshopped Oregon Ducks uniform, written in the school’s green, silver and yellow colors. “Unfortunately, circumstances, which were out of my control, forced me to transfer and look for a new opportunity. I’m looking forward to joining the University of Oregon and competing for a National Championship.”

In Figueroa’s last full game with St. John’s, the 6-foot-5 wing netted 22 points to propel the Johnnies into round two of the Big East Tournament, which was suspended and subsequently cancelled the next day due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Figueroa also averaged 14.4 points as a sophomore in 2018-19, serving as the team’s third leading scorer in his first season in Queens.

Figueroa joins an Oregon Ducks team that has qualified for the NCAA Tournament seven out of the past eight seasons under head coach Dana Altman. In 2019, the team reached the Sweet Sixteen, which came two seasons after the program’s first Final Four trip since 1939.

Figueroa will have one season of remaining eligibility.
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