Having already snagged Marvin Clark from the Michigan State Spartans, the St. John's Red Storm have landed another talented hooper from a prominent and perennial power in college basketball. Justin Simon, a 6-foot-4 guard from Temecula, California is headed to Queens after announcing his commitment to the Red Storm on Thursday afternoon.
Simon had announced his intentions to transfer back on March 28 after playing just one year for UofA under the direction of head coach Sean Miller. With Miller nabbing a bevy of talented players for his 2016 recruiting class, especially at the guard position, it made sense that Simon would pursue another program to play at, as a crowded backcourt is easy to foresee in Tucson very quickly.
Simon will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules and restrictions, but when he returns to the floor he will be surrounded by an assortment of talent at the guard position in Queens. The Red Storm will likely trot Marcus LoVett, Federico Mussini, Malik Ellison and Shamorie Ponds in 2017 along with whomever head coach Chris Mullin is able to snag from that class. They have targeted the likes of Trevon Duval, Tremont Waters, Nate Pierre-Louis, Hamidou Diallo and Brandon Randolph among others for 2017 so the Red Storm could have an abundance of talent at that position if things work their way. Heck, they already might as it is.
Simon averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 24 games played at UofA according to Sports-Reference.com.