Marco Bourgault Cleared by NCAA and Eligible to Play for St. John’s Immediately

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St. John’s has officially announced that the 6’6 junior college transfer, Marco Bourgault, has been cleared by the NCAA and will be available to play in tonight’s match up versus Murray State. Bourgault missed the first two games of the season while the NCAA was reviewing his eligibility status.

Bourgault will have two years of eligibility remaining after his transfer from Monroe Community College in New York.

The story broke this morning via Kieran Lynch of the student newspaper, The Torch, who had classmates of Bourgault as the inside sources.

“He raised his hand during class, stated he had been cleared and that he needed to leave immediately,” junior Steven Inman told The Torch. “He said he needed to get to South Carolina.”

After defeating College of Charleston yesterday, the Storm have moved on to the second round of the Charleston Classic where they will face Murray State today at 5:30. If all goes well, Bourgault will make his St. John’s debut in that game.

Bourgault will bolster the Red Storm’s rotation and pose as another threat for Lavin around the perimeter. Bourgault, known for his sharpshooting, will help the Red Storm who are currently shooting 30% (6-20) from beyond the arc after two games this season.

There hasn’t been any new developments for Orlando Sanchez, who is still awaiting word from the NCAA regarding his eligibility status. St. John’s is also without transfer, Jamal Branch, who will be available at the start of the 2nd semester.