Junior guard Malik Stith will be leaving the St. John’s team, but will continue his degree at St. John’s, head coach Steve Lavin announced in a press release on Wednesday.
“For personal reasons Malik has chosen to no longer participate as a member of our basketball team. Beginning next week he will no longer be an active student-athlete, but he will continue to add value to our basketball family while working toward completing his St. John’s degree,” said Lavin in the release. “We’ll miss Malik’s contributions on the court but we are pleased he will continue as a member of our basketball program in his new capacity with the Johnnies.”
“For personal reasons I have chosen to step aside as a member of the St. John’s basketball team,” said Stith. “Right now I feel that I need to do what is best for my family. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me at St. John’s and pleased to be able to continue to make progress toward my degree. Coach Lavin and I have met and talked over the past couple days about my future and the interest I have in contributing to the team as a student.”
Stith was a member of former head coach Norm Roberts’ final recruiting class in Queens, which also included the now-graduated Dwight Hardy and Justin Brownlee and Kansas State swingman Omari Lawrence.