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Incoming Freshman Sidney Wilson Leaving St. John’s

Sidney WILSON Photo | Kelly Kline | Under Armour

Four-star incoming freshman Sidney Wilson is leaving St. John’s for personal reasons, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

“A lot has happened in my life over the last few years,” Wilson explained in a release from the school. “These factors played a large part in my decision to stay close to home, but unfortunately I recently realized it was not what is best for me at this time to manage adversity in my life.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity that St. John’s provided me and for the support of Coach Mullin and the rest of the staff throughout this difficult process,” said Wilson. “In order for me to grow as a person and basketball player, I feel that I need to begin something new to explore what is next in my life. Although I know the grass isn’t always greener, this is a risk I am willing to take for personal reasons.”

Wilson, who committed to and signed with the Red Storm back in May, has been given permission to begin discussions with other D1 schools.

UConn, Texas and Syracuse were among the other schools Wilson was considering prior to his commitment to St. John’s. He visited UConn just days before committing to the Red Storm.

Wilson, a New York native, played for St. Raymond (NY) where he scored over 1,000 points prior to moving to Brewster Academy (NH) for the previous season. He was initially a member of the 2018 class.

“We know this was not an easy decision for Sid, so we are supportive of him as he strives to find the right fit,” said St. John’s head coach¬†Chris Mullin. “He is a good person and talented player who we wish the best as he begins his new journey.”

Unless given a waiver by the NCAA, Wilson will most likely have to sit a year prior to being eligible.

 

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