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Robert Morris Lands St. John’s Transfer Guard Rasheem Dunn

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This off-season, Robert Morris has been remaking its roster with transfers from mid-major schools. Monday, Andy Toole took that a step further, landing the commitment of a former Big East guard.

Former St. John’s point guard Rasheem Dunn announced Monday that he will be transferring to Robert Morris to play his final season of college basketball. This will be Dunn’s fourth team as he started out playing at St. Francis Brooklyn, before transferring to Cleveland State. He never played for the Vikings after sitting out one year because of NCAA transfer rules and then head coach Dennis Felton was fired, which prompted him to leave. For the last two seasons, Dunn has suited up for St. John’s.

While at St. John’s, Dunn (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) played in 52 games and started 31 of them. In those games, he averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. During his last season at St. Francis, Dunn averaged a career-high 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Having played against them two seasons in the NEC, Dunn is familiar with Andy Toole and Robert Morris which factored into his decision to join the Colonials program.

“I played against Coach Toole my freshman and sophomore years four times, and I always looked at him as a enthusiastic, energetic coach that loved the game and pushed his players,” said Dunn. “We’ve always had a relationship with each other. Even when I was transferring out of Cleveland State, he tried to get in contact with me and recruit me, but I had already made a decision to transfer to St. John’s and come back home.”

“When I entered the transfer portal, Coach Toole was one of the first coaches to reach out to me. He reached out to me the day after I did that. He told me that he wanted someone at the guard position that could lead the team, be the face of the team and push the players and try and make everyone else better. I’ve been around and have already played four years of college basketball and this will be my fifth. I’ve been around the block and know what it takes to win games. Hopefully my teammates push me and I push them to be better and we continue the winning legacy of Robert Morris basketball.”

Courtesy of Rasheem Dunn

Aside from the intangibles that he brings, what’s the biggest thing Dunn hopes to add to next season’s Robert Morris roster?

“I’d say scoring but I don’t really like to talk about scoring a lot because that can come and go in basketball,” said Dunn. “So aside from scoring, I’d say my defense. Robert Morris has always been a hard-nosed, gritty basketball program and I want to come in and build upon that.”

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