Nov. 16, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John's head coach Steve Lavin announced Friday that junior college transfer Marc-Antoine Bourgault has been declared eligible by the NCAA and will travel to Charleston, S.C., to join the Red Storm.
Bourgault (pronounced "bore-GO") had been participating in all St. John's practices and scrimmages while awaiting the NCAA's decision, but could not participate in the Red Storm's two exhibition contests or season-opening victories over Detroit (Nov. 13, 77-74) or the College of Charleston (Nov. 15, 64-53). He will arrive in Charleston Friday afternoon as the Red Storm prepares to take on Murray State (rv/rv) at 5:30 p.m. in the Charleston Classic Semifinals on ESPN3. The tournament continues on Sunday after a Saturday off-day.
"We are pleased Marco will now be able to contribute to our team's efforts on the court," said Lavin. "In addition to being an outstanding shooter, Marco is a fundamentally sound basketball player. He possesses a high basketball I.Q. and exhibits exceptional court sense. His skill set lends itself to both playmaking and shotmaking opportunities. We expect Marco to torch the nets from long range."
Bourgault, a 6-6, 210-point swingman from Saint-Malo on the northern coast of France, averaged 10.8 ppg in 2011-12 for Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The spot-up/pull-up shooter started 35 games for the 33-4 Mustangs, firing at a 42.1 percent clip from beyond the arc which placed him among the nation's top 30 JUCO deep threats, and counted 62 percent of his made field goals from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.3 rpg and 2.0 apg, earning honorable mention NJCAA Region XV All-Star honors and the Coach's Award in helping Monroe to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in March in Hutchinson, Kansas. Bourgault played only one full season for coach Jeff Brustad following a medical redshirt season in 2010-11 while recovering from a torn ACL.
Fellow JUCO transfer Orlando Sanchez still awaits an eligibility ruling from the NCAA regarding classification. Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch is eligible for game participation as early as Dec. 16, 2012. Harvard transfer Max Hooper is eligible for game participation in 2013-14 season. All are eligible to participate in team activities, including practices and scrimmages.