Two years ago, Quincy Roberts was thrust into the starting point guard position in his freshman campaign at St. John's when Malik Boothe tore a ligament in his thumb that required surgery just prior to the Johnnies' Big East opener. Now, after an injury-plagued Red Storm career, Roberts has decided to move on.
St. John's men's basketball sports information director and senior associate athletic director for communications Mark Fratto issued a press release earlier this afternoon highlighting Roberts' intent to transfer after three years on the corner of Union and Utopia. The redshirt sophomore was praised on his way out by head coach Steve Lavin, and leaves the university in good academic standing.
Roberts was not the only one to announce his decision to play elsewhere, as Seton Hall's Ferrakohn Hall has opted to leave the Pirates after three semesters playing under Bobby Gonzalez and Kevin Willard. Despite Hall's tremendous upside that was referenced in nearly every interview I conducted with Gonzalez or Willard, he was unfortunately never able to find a consistent spot in the Pirates' rotation, even after the loss of Jeremy Hazell to a broken wrist.
While it has not been announced where Roberts or Hall will end up, both will transfer effective at the end of the current semester, which will allow potentially for each player to get a leg up on his new team's system.