When Rick Pitino signed on to be the next head coach of the St John’s basketball program, he had plenty of work to do to turn around a team that has finished below .500 in the Big East in 7 of the last 8 seasons.
He has gotten off to a fast start on that turnaround thanks to a ton of activity in the transfer portal.
Pitino brought 3 players with him from Iona as part of a transfer class that has reportedly gotten its 8th member today.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Ivy League Player of the Year Jordan Dingle is transferring from Penn to St John’s.
NEWS: Penn transfer Jordan Dingle, the Ivy League Player of the Year and the nation’s second-leading scorer, has committed to St. John’s, sources told ESPN. Rick Pitino’s best pickup of a busy offseason for the Red Storm. Averaged 23.4 points last season. pic.twitter.com/DogDjloTl6
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 12, 2023
Jordan Dingle is the most impressive transfer portal addition of this offseason for the Red Storm.
As a junior, Dingle topped 20 points per game for a second consecutive season for the Quakers. The star guard’s 23.4 points per game were the second best average in the country, behind only Antoine Davis.
Now he’ll head to a St John’s squad that had little trouble scoring last season, averaging the 50th most points per game in the country.
Still, they should be even better on that end of the floor after adding RJ Luis, Glen Taylor Jr, Daniss Jenkins, Quinn Slazinski, and Sean Conway, who all averaged double digits for their previous teams last season.
Thos five along with Dingle will form one of the most formidable offenses in the Big East next season.
St John’s has also lost quite a few players to the transfer portal, but it’s clear that Rick Pitino already has this program moving in the right direction after just a couple of months.