Patterson, Torres to Transfer From St. John's

March 21st, 2007

QUEENS, N.Y. (March 21, 2007) – St. John’s head men’s basketball coach Norm Roberts announced that junior guard Avery Patterson (Kannapolis, N.C.) and sophomore guard Ricky Torres (Bronx, N.Y.) both plan to transfer to another institution following the University’s spring semester.

“We wish Avery and Ricky the best,” said Roberts. “Both are young men who put in a tremendous amount of hard work and effort in representing St. John’s basketball, and both will leave our University in good academic standing.”

Patterson played in all 31 of St. John’s games this season, starting 27, and averaged 10.4 points per game in 29.2 minutes. He made 72 3-pointers on the season, shooting 35.7 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from long range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

“I enjoyed my time at St. John’s, it just didn’t work out the way that we all would have liked. I enjoyed playing with my team, and I wish them luck in the future,” said Patterson.

Torres, a second-year player for the Red Storm, saw time in 27 games as a sophomore, averaging 7.1 minutes per game. He shot 36.0 percent from 3-point range, and reached double-figure scoring totals in games vs. Maryland (11 points, Nov. 16) and LIU (10 points, Nov. 28). He also contributed nine points against Texas (Nov. 17).

“I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to play at St. John’s for two seasons,” said Torres. “I wish my teammates ‘good luck’ moving forward as I head into a new situation, hopefully where I play a bigger role.”

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