Dunn’s acquisition grows in importance
by Bryan Fonseca
Aug 14, 2019 | 3526 views | 0 0 comments | 406 406 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The acquisition of former St. Francis Brooklyn standout Rasheem Dunn grew significantly in a mere 24 hours.

The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball program made Dunn’s arrival from Cleveland State official this past week, and almost immediately after announced the departure of guard Eli Wright, who has elected to transfer from the program.

“We thank Eli for his efforts at St. John's and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” said Red Storm head coach Mike Anderson, who took the job this past April after the departure of Chris Mullin.

Wright transferred to St. John’s from Mississippi State prior to last season, so he sat out the 2018-19 campaign in its entirety.

Wright would’ve been eligible to play this upcoming season, and was expected to have an important role after averaging upward of 3.0 points per game while playing in the Southeastern Conference.

"St. John's is a great place and it has been an honor to be part of this basketball program over the past year," said Wright.

Enter Dunn, the 6-foot-2 combo guard and best friend of Shamorie Ponds, who locally made his mark alongside the former Johnnie while at Thomas Jefferson High School, winning the program’s first New York State Championship and the first PSAL City Title since 1954 just three years ago.

Dunn emerged as one of the Northeast Conference’s best players before transferring to Cleveland State prior to last season.

Following the sudden firing of now former Cleveland State head coach Dennis Felton this past July after two seasons, Dunn opted to move again, this time landing with the Red Storm in an attempt to pick up where Ponds left off.

“We're thrilled to welcome Rasheem to our family here at St. John's,” Anderson said of Dunn. “He's certainly no stranger to the area and we believe that his maturity and natural scoring ability will serve the program well moving forward,”

Dunn was the Terriers leading scorer during both of his seasons at St. Francis, averaging 13.1 points per contest, while also pacing the team in rebounds (5.1) and steals (1.4), en route to All-NEC Rookie Team honors.

As a sophomore, the Brooklyn native again led the Terriers in points, rebounds and steals with 15.4, 5.7 and 1.4, respectively, as the team finished 10-8 in league play while earning a conference playoff berth.

While at St. Francis, Dunn netted 20 or more points on 17 total occasions.

The Johnnies are scheduled to return only three rotation players from last season, led by productive swingmen LJ Figueroa and Mustapha Heron, leaving the roster wide open for Dunn to crack and potentially become the team’s needed third scorer.
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