St. John's Basketball: Why Nurideen Lindsey's Transfer Kills the Red Storm

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IIDecember 8, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Nurideen Lindsey #10 of the St. John's Red Storm drives to the basket against Josiah Turner #11 of the Arizona Wildcats during the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Nurideen Lindsey announced his decision Thursday evening to transfer from St. John's University at the end of the fall semester, but he hasn't decided his future destination yet. 

Lindsey said in a statement, "I came to St. John's 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 struggled in the Johnnies' last two games, and his 11.8 points per game seem replaceable on the surface.

But don't forget, the Johnnies are shorthanded, and Lindsey was the team's offensive leader through most of the season's early phase.

Steve Lavin's seven-man rotation has stumbled to a 4-5 record, and the team's lack of depth has manifested itself as a primary weakness—any bit of foul trouble has severely hampered St. John's. 

Freshman Amir Garrett is hopeful of attaining eligibility next semester, but as much as the Johnnies need another body, Garrett cannot fully replace Lindsey.

Lindsey was really the only effective slashing ball-handler on this team.

Let's be serious, Malik Stith doesn't quite compare, and Garrett certainly won't fill that particular void. Without Lindsey, St. John's will struggle to get to the rim as frequently.

The Johnnies aren't a good perimeter team. St. John's is currently shooting 25.8 percent from beyond the arc, so losing a slasher like Lindsey will certainly have an adverse affect on the team's three-point shooting. 

Also, St. John's is a very young team. Four of its seven rotation players are freshmen, and that number will jump to five if Garrett becomes eligible.

While Lindsey is in his first year at the Division I level, he played at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma last year, so he has more post-high school experience than the majority of his teammates.

Losing Lindsey hurts on several levels, and St. John's is in serious trouble without its point guard.