Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 6:14 pm

St. John's to lose another newcomer

By Jeff GoodmanMatt Norlander and Jeff Borzello

A head coach recovering from surgery, three freshmen ruled ineligible and now, a transfer: sophomore guard Nuri Lindsey is leaving St. John's.

"I came to St. John's for a couple of reasons," Lindsey said in a prepared statement. "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."

He also reaffirmed to CBSSports.com that he is not looking to go to the NBA immediately.

"My intentions are to transfer to a Division-I school," Lindsey said. "I want to be a college basketball player."

It's a move the Red Storm can't really afford. The team's a shell of what it was last year, when it had nine seniors and went to the NCAA tournament. Steve Lavin's team this year is 4-5 and chock full of young players -- or at least was. The original crop that had come in is now about halfway. Jakarr Sampson, Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle were ruled ineligible in mid-September. Garrett still plans to join the team at the semester break.

Lindsey was third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 points. He's also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists so far this season. Lindsey has been a very valuable piece to the Red Storm's operation, one that could really see its Big East chances to be competitive evaporate with him no longer in the mix.

He told CBSSports.com that his mother lives two and a half hours away from New York, and he would like to transfer to a school closer to her.

"We've talked and we already have a school in mind," Lindsey said. He would not reveal which school.

What's more, CBSSports.com has learned one of the reasons Lindsey has opted out was due to poor grades.

"It would've been a stretch to get him through," one source said, referring to his second semester on campus.

The news of Lindsey's transfer was first reported by Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News

Lindsey confirmed the news via Twitter, giving a long explanation of the reasons behind his decision, as well as what his next move will be. "Ultimately I felt as though this decision was best for me and my family," Lindsey tweeted. "I am looking forward to moving to another school. Will not be taking any steps toward any professional move. I like school, and feel as though I still have so much more to learn and much more room for improvement. So once again, sincerely apologize. I'll be moving on to another program."

The original version of this inaccurately listed Lindsey as a freshman.


Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 5:26 pm

Penn State gets plucky Southern Miss transfer

By Matt Norlander

Fittingly, the previous post to this one here at the Eye on College Basketball blog is about Iowa State. Its coach, Fred Hoiberg, has come to a conclusion: he can't win in the grand scheme only by recruiting players from his primary base. No -- he'll take the misfit toys, too. And that's what he's done.

Winning in a BCS conference when you're a perennial program that lingers in the basement requires some jerry-rigging. You need to be able to bring in transfers with game and a chip on their shoulder, all the while knowing they've been humbled, too. New Penn State coach Pat Chambers is already hip to that, as it was announced Monday afternoon that D.J. Newbill, a Southern Miss guard who averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in his 2010-11 freshman campaign, will become a Nittany Lion. In fact, he already is; per the AP, Newbill was on campus to attend the first day of classes Monday.

Newbill isn't from a BCS conference, like what Iowa State's done with Chris Allen and Royce White, but he's still a potential difference-maker in the Big Ten two or three years from now. Per standard transfer rules, Newbill will sit out the upcoming year, then have three years of eligibility in State College.

Newbill is from Philadelphia.

"D.J. will make an immediate impact on our program with his toughness, basketball IQ and work ethic," Chambers said in a statement. "It's great to get a Philadelphia kid that is passionate about Penn State basketball and wants to be here. We are very confident he will show that a Philadelphia player can have great success and an outstanding career at Penn State."

Despite being just 6-4, Newbill led the Golden Eagles in rebounding 11 times last season. It's only Chambers' first transfer, but Penn State's long needed to become a consistent player within the league. Perhaps the new coach will try to bring in another ringer or two in the next couple of years while he recruits the kind of players that have led him to land a BCS job.

Photo: AP
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