Ex-Spartan Clark Jr. Transferring to St. John’s

Former Michigan State forward Marvin Clark Jr. will transfer to St. John’s, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

The Kansas City, Mo. native confirmed the news from his personal Twitter account Wednesday morning.

Clark, whose decision to transfer was announced on March 28 along with Javon Bess, has completed two years of eligibility with the Spartans. He will have to sit out next season, after which he will have two years of eligibility left for the Red Storm.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound specimen will bring instant toughness and experience to St. John’s basketball, which is in dire need of experienced players. While he has to sit out gameplay for the Red Storm until the 2017-18 season, he should be a force in practice and should be able to bring out the best in his teammates.

“Marv Time” is transferring to a historic program trying to get back on its feet. St. John’s, a private, Roman Catholic university in New York City, is mired deep in a rebuilding process under second-year head coach Chris Mullin, a Naismith Hall of Fame member and former player at the university. The Red Storm finished last in the Big East conference last season after going 8-24 overall (1-17 in conference play). This was largely due to a massive overturn in personnel after the departure of previous head coach Steve Lavin. Eleven players left the program after the 2014-15 season that saw the Red Storm qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Mullin was forced to haul in five freshman recruits as well as four transfers to make up for the losses, so last season was definitely a difficult one for him.

Mullin should be ecstatic to have a physical power forward who has the ability to stretch out and shoot the three. After a promising freshman season in which he played a key role in the Spartans’ Final Four run, Clark ran into somewhat of a sophomore slump. partially due to a foot injury that popped up before the season began. He only averaged 9.7 minutes per game and his points per game dipped to 3.9 as he struggled to find a role on a much more talented squad. Nonetheless, Clark’s athleticism and has never been an issue, so his potential at St. John’s is plentiful.