The St John and the St Johns University have been tied up in the basketball-related drama since January, when the St. Johns University Basketball Association announced that it was seeking a replacement for the former St. John’s coach.
St. Thomas was set to lose its basketball affiliation with the university in the summer of 2021.
The St Johns basketball team lost its last game against St. Joseph’s in early 2018 and announced on Jan. 11 that it would not be renewing its basketball contracts with the school.
The St. Kitts are in the process of being replaced by St. Peter’s.
St John senior forwards Jordan Williams and Tyler Williams said the St Kitts were an easy out.
They had to go in search of a basketball-specific destination, and they chose St. Jude’s.
They are looking for a school that will provide a better environment and better coaching, they said.
That is a big difference than being at St. Anthony’s.
They’re looking for an institution that will be more basketball-focused and better for our players, they added.
Williams and Williams’ teammate, Justin Smith, were the first to publicly announce their intentions to transfer to St. James in February.
They chose St Johns over St. Michael’s, the St James Athletic Academy and St. Paul’s School.
The four are currently the only four players on the St Josephs team that is not on the basketball team, and the only two that are not on a team that competes against the St Joes.
In their news release announcing their decision, St Johns senior forward Ryan Miller and senior forward Tanner Lee were quoted as saying they felt St John was not a good fit for them.
St Johns has struggled to attract high-quality players to the program.
The team also struggled to win a Big East tournament last year.
St. John senior guard Nick Cushing, who is a member of the St Anthony’s AAU team, said the decision to transfer was a tough one, but that he would have no regrets if he had stayed at St John.
“It would have been great to have a great relationship with the St Jude’s basketball team,” Cushing said.
St John said in a statement that it will not make a decision on its future until the St Luke’s Board of Trustees meets next month.
St Lukes basketball coach Mark DeBenedictis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.