May 22, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Red Storm head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced that rising sophomore forward Dwayne Polee II (Los Angeles, Calif./Westchester) plans to transfer to another institution before St. John's summer classes begin.
"Dwayne is an outstanding individual with a bright future," said Lavin. "He has been a valued member of our basketball family. He leaves St. John's University in good academic standing and we wish him well."
"I really enjoyed my experience at St. John's and I'm going to miss the staff and New York. Right now I feel it is best to be close to my family and help us get through a health issue," said Polee II.
Polee II played in all 33 games as the Red Storm's lone freshman, starting 27. He averaged 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 14.9 minutes per outing, shooting 45.6 percent from the field.
He reached double figures five times as a rookie, with a season-high 16 points coming in his collegiate debut on Nov. 16 at St. Mary's (Calif.). He netted 12 in St. John's NCAA Second Round loss against Gonzaga on March 17.
The 2011-12 St. John's squad will feature the consensus No. 3 recruiting class in the nation, but will be the youngest in 104 years on the STJ hardwood and will rank among the youngest in NCAA Division I history. With one returning scholarship letterwinner in junior Malik Stith, the Red Storm will feature at least nine newcomers, a group comprised of seven freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. STJ will look to its highly-rated 2011-12 recruiting class to assist in replacing 96.3 percent of its scoring and 97.8 percent of its rebounding in the coming season.
The first year of The Lavin Era included a 21-12 overall record in 2010-11, marking St. John's most wins since the 2002-03 season, with six Top 25 victories and four over Top 10 opponents. The USBWA District II Coach of the Year, Lavin transformed a team that finished in 13th place in the BIG EAST Conference last season at 6-12 to a squad that tied for third this year at 12-6 - only twice before has a jump of such magnitude occurred in BIG EAST Conference history. The Red Storm finished its season ranked 18th in the Associated Press Top 25, marking the first time it qualified for the postseason as a ranked team since 2000-01.