St. John’s junior wing LJ Figueroa announced Saturday his intention to submit his name for consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Lawrence, Mass., native will not hire an agent in order to preserve the option to return to Queens for his final season of eligibility after completing an evaluation process with league executives.
“These past two years at St. John’s have presented me with tremendous opportunities for growth both on and off the court,” said Figueroa. “My family, coaches, teammates and my hometown Lawrence, Massachusetts, have helped me develop into the man I am today, and I cannot begin to thank everyone enough. After speaking with my family and coaching staff, I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. I intend to keep all of my options open and look forward to the learning experience this process will offer.”
Figueroa started 64 of 66 his appearances for the Red Strom over the past two seasons. He scored 956 points, averaging 14.5 per game, grabbed 359 rebounds and dished out 124 assists. The NJCAA Division I First Team All-American who transferred to St. John’s from Odessa College has averaged 1.9 steals per contest during his time with the Red Storm.
“We support LJ’s decision to pursue his lifelong dream,” said St. John’s Head Coach Mike Anderson. “This is an opportunity to gain valuable information by going through the NBA pre-draft process to make the best decision for his future.”
During his first season in Queens, Figueroa led the team averaging 6.4 boards per contest to go along with a 14.4 point per game scoring average, helping St. John’s to 21 wins and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. He also registered a team-high six double-doubles and led the squad with a 51.3 field goal shooting percentage.
This past season, Figueroa led St. John’s and ranked 12th in the BIG EAST averaging 14.5 points per game. He delivered 22 double figure scoring efforts and reached the 20-point mark six times in 2019-20. Figueroa finished eighth in the conference averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers per game while his 72 triples tied for the third highest single-season total in program history. He also topped the BIG EAST and ranked 36th in Division I averaging 1.9 steals per game in his first season under Coach Anderson.
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The WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm will be held on April 17 as scheduled. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WNBA will conduct a virtual draft without players, guests, and media. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and top prospects will take part remotely. The draft will also be available on the ESPN App.
“The WNBA draft is a time to celebrate the exceptional athletes whose hard work and dreams are realized with their selections in the draft,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “Safeguarding the health and well-being of our prospects, players, employees, and everyone connected to our game as well as the general public is paramount. With that in mind, we will work diligently with our broadcast partner, ESPN, to create a memorable but virtual event that appropriately honors these accomplished athletes.”
During the draft, the WNBA will honor Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester – who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26. The WNBA also plans to honor the late Kobe Bryant, a passionate advocate of the league, at the draft and during the upcoming season.
The league is conducting ongoing scenario planning around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upcoming season, including the currently scheduled start of training camp on April 26 and the scheduled tip of the WNBA season on May 15, and will provide updates regarding any changes to key dates.
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