UConn Lands 2017 St. John’s Transfer Sidney Wilson

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Sidney Wilson, the 6-foot-6 small forward from Brewster (NH) Academy, will transfer from St. John’s to UConn, Rivals announced on Friday. Although he is in the 2017 class, since he attended summer school at St. John’s, he is considered a transfer.

Wilson, who left St. John’s earlier this week, will likely have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules. He joins Tyler Polley, Josh Carlton, and Isaiah Whaley as the fourth commit in the 2017 class. They currently have no commits in the 2018 class.

“It was a difficult decision to leave St. John’s but this was best for Sid and his growth,” Wilson’s father, Sidney Wilson Sr. told Rivals. “Not just on the basketball court but mentally, as well. Being in the city was more of a burden, which was really the first reason why I moved him from out of it to Brewster. I kind of lost sight of it when he came back.”

Originally from New York, Wilson planned to return to New York and play for St. John’s after spending a prep year at Brewster Academy, but instead opted to join the Huskies.

According to 247Sports, Wilson is ranked as the No. 88 overall player in the Class of 2017 and the No. 3 player from the state of New York. Before Wilson’s commitment to St. John’s, he took an official visit to UConn in May.

While Wilson will likely have to sit out the 2017-18 season, he could still attempt to get a waiver from the NCAA to play this season, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

“A lot has happened in my life over the last few years,” Wilson said in the St. John’s press release. “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.

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