St. John’s nabs Michigan State transfer Clark

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St. John’s officially added Michigan State transfer Marvin Clark on Wednesday, the school announced.
Clark, a 6-foot-6 forward, played his freshman and sophomore seasons for Tom Izzo in East Lansing before announcing his intent to transfer last month. He visited Providence in addition to St. John’s.
“We are glad Marvin has decided to join our basketball family,” said St. John’s coach Chris Mullin said in a statement released by the school. “He’s an experienced player with size, athleticism and a solid skill set. Marvin is a good fit for our program and we believe he will transition well into our style of play.”
Clark averaged 4.2 points per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor during his two seasons as a Spartan. His playing time diminished from 11.2 minutes per game his freshman season to 9.7 minutes per game last year. Michigan State is again expected to have a full frontcourt, which would have left Clark battling for minutes once again.
At St. John’s, Clark will help bolster a roster that was in need of a major overhaul when Mullin took over a year ago. The Red Storm have been aggressive in targeting and bringing in transfers thus far in Mullin’s tenure.
Clark’s story goes well beyond basketball as he endured a difficult childhood in Kansas City that included time where he was homeless. He’s an easy story to root for, and will get a new start at St. John’s when he begins his final two seasons of eligibility in 2017-18.