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Marcus LoVett to leave St. John’s

The sophomore guard is pursuing professional opportunities.

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In a not-so-surprising and pretty expected maneuver, Marcus LoVett has departed from the St. John’s Red Storm program. LoVett, a sophomore guard who’d been injured for much of the season, will be pursuing a pro career per a release from the Red Storm.

There’d been rumors that Marcus was going to depart after last season, but he instead decided to come back for his sophomore season. Now, though, after an injury has kept him out for the entirety of conference play and the tail end of nonconference action, he has decided to not suit up for the Johnnies again. Instead, he’ll either likely go for the NBA or something overseas, depending on how everything breaks down.

Truthfully, this was an expected move based on everything that’d gone down. It’s unfortunate for St. John’s, but hey: We certainly won’t smite a kid for wanting to go and make money while shooting hoops. Whatever happens next for LoVett is uncertain, but the Chicago native certainly has a lot of talent and will be able to flourish somewhere.

In 37 career games, Marcus LoVett averaged 15.7 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. He shot 38.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. He erupted for a career-high 32 points last January against the Xavier Musketeers.