After stops at Harvard and St. John’s, Max Hooper has found a new home, committing to Oakland according to a report from John Rothstein of CBS Sports.
St. John’s announced Hooper’s intention to transfer on March 26. He sat out the 2012-2013 year, and averaged only saw nine minutes of action a night, averaging 3.2 points per game for the Red Storm this past season.
Hooper is on pace to graduate this spring, giving him immediate eligibility next season for the Golden Grizzlies.
Oakland leading scorer and NCAA 3-point king Travis Bader has completed his collegiate career. Naturally, Hooper will be viewed as Bader’s successor. Hooper was regarded as a talented perimeter shooting when he transferred into St. John’s. That shooting prowess was on display in his final game in a Red Storm uniform, connecting on 6-of-12 3-pointers in an opening round loss to Robert Morris in the NIT. He shot 40 percent in limited minutes.
Oakland was 13-20 (7-9 Horizon League) this past season, finishing sixth in the conference standings.
After playing one season at St. John’s after transferring in from Harvard, redshirt sophomore guard/forward Max Hooper is being allowed to explore possible transfer options. The program reported the news via its official Twitter account Wednesday evening.
Hooper, whose perimeter shooting ability was praised when he made the decision to transfer to the Big East school in the spring of 2012, averaged 3.2 points in nine minutes of action per contest for the Red Storm. Hooper played in 25 games and reached double figures in two, scoring 15 points in a loss to Penn State and 13 in a loss at Georgetown.
In that 89-82 loss to the Nittany Lions in Brooklyn, Hooper made five of his eight three-point attempts and played a career-high 26 minutes. The announcement regarding Hooper’s status comes one day after it was announced that sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Hooper and Sampson were prep teammates at Brewster Academy. What remains to be seen is how much eligibility Hooper will have should he transfer to another Division I institution. According to his former coach at Brewster, Hooper is on track to graduate in May and as a result would be eligible to play immediately.