St. John’s Figueroa transferring to Oregon

St. John’s forward LJ Figueroa is transferring to Oregon, he announced on social media.

“Unfortunately, circumstances which are out of my control forced me to transfer and look for a new opportunity,” he tweeted Saturday. “I’m looking forward to joining the University of Oregon and competing for a national championship.”

Figueroa led the Red Storm in scoring with 14.5 points and added 4.5 rebounds in 32 games in the 2019-20 season.

The 6-foot-6 Figueroa has one season of eligibility remaining and will need to apply for an NCAA waiver to play immediately. Multiple reports said his waiver will cite the impact of the coronavirus on New York City as his reason for transfer.

He started his college career at Odessa College, where he averaged 21.4 points per game and was named a first-team NJCAA Division I All-American. In 2018-19, his first season at St. John’s, he averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds.