St. John's sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey wil transfer to another Division I school at the end of the fall semester, Red Storm coach Steve Lavin announced on Thursday.
"This was a mutually agreed-upon decision that Nuri’s pursuit of other opportunities is in the best interest of all parties," Lavin said in a statement. “We appreciate Nuri’s contributions to our program. He is a basketball player with a bright future. Our basketball family supports Nuri as he moves in a new direction.”
Lindsey (11.8) was St. John's third leading scorer and averaged 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals. The 6-3 transfer student from Philadelphia had seen his play decline recently.
Said Lindsey: "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. In both instances it has not worked out how I envisioned."
Lindsey scored in double figures in the Red Storm's first five games. It's been the opposite for Lindsey since he missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left that could've given St. John's (4-5) a win over Texas A&M at Madison Square Garden.
Since that loss Lindsey failed to reach double figures in three of St. John's last four games, including a one-point, five turnover effort in 20 minutes against Kentucky.
"I think Coach Lav is an amazing coach, and person. He could have taught me so much," said Lindsey. "I think this team will be special. I think what I'll miss most about St. John’s is miss my teammates. Those guys are like my brothers. So I will continue to support St. John’s and my brothers. Thank you for the memories, regardless of how brief.”