Yet another college basketball transfer was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
This time it’s Ian Steere, who left the St. John’s program for greener pastures at UNC Wilmington at the immediate conclusion of this past season. On Monday the NCAA decided he is good to play right away for the Seahawks (I Googled it) this fall.
Steere’s path is a rocky one: he started at NC State as a four-star center in the 2018 recruiting class, but then transferred to St. John’s after playing only one game Raleigh. Once he became eligible at St. John’s back in December, Steere played five games and then was suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the season for “failing to meet standards expected from a member of our basketball program.”
This is a completely different scenario than that of Olivier Sarr at Kentucky, but it’s still good news for Sarr’s case as the NCAA has been very lenient with its transfer waivers in both basketball and football in 2020. Sarr’s argument is as good as anyone’s, so it’d be a real kick to the shin if the NCAA goes the other way with his case.
As for when Sarr will learn his fate, your guess is as good as anyone’s.