The St. John’s Men’s Basketball program announced Friday the signing of Queens native Tareq Coburn will join the roster for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Coburn, a graduate of Cardozo High School, recently wrapped a three-year career at Hofstra in which he averaged nearly 11 points per game and helped the Pride to the 2020 CAA Championship. In 90 games with the Pride, Coburn shot 43.0 percent from the floor, 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.0 percent from the free throw line. His 170 made 3-pointers are good enough for 10th all-time in Hofstra history.
Coburn, a 2021 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American who graduated from Hofstra with a bachelor’s degree in community health, will pursue a master’s degree in the highly selective physician’s assistant program at St. John’s. At Hofstra, Coburn was a two-time CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and the recipient of the CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, presented annually to the men’s basketball student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic and athletic achievement.”
This past season, Coburn averaged 15.1 points per game for Acting Head Coach Mike Farrelly, earning and spot on the All-CAA Third Team and helping the Pride reach the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. Coburn, who ranked second on the team in scoring average, led the squad in three-point field goal percentage, converting on 39.6 percent of his tries from beyond the arc. Coburn shot 82.0 percent from the charity stripe, including a 40-for-45 (88.9%) effort during conference play that ranked second in the CAA. Coburn, who reached double figures in 15 of his 21 appearances with five showings of 20-plus points, scored a career-high 28 points on three separate occasions in 2020-21 against Iona, Monmouth and James Madison. The 6-foot-5 guard also ranked second on the team and seventh in the league with 1.24 steals per outing.
During the 2019-20 season, Coburn started 33 of the team’s 34 games, as the Pride went 26-8 and won its first conference championship since 2001. Coburn averaged 10.6 points per game while shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the charity stripe. He also finished third on the team with a career-best 5.5 rebounds per game and posted five double-doubles, including a 13-point, 12-rebound showing in the CAA semifinals against Delaware and a 24-point, 12-rebound outing against Drexel that saw him go 8-for-10 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown. Coburn finished in double figures 21 times in 34 opportunities.
Coburn played a prominent role for the Pride during his first year with the program in 2018-19, starting 25 of his 35 appearances and averaging 8.4 points in just 23.9 minutes per game. Coburn, who posted 15 double-figure outings, had his most efficient shooting season as a sophomore, converting on 45.0 percent of his field goal tries and 42.5 percent of his long-range attempts. He shot an even 80.0 percent (52-of-65) from the stripe, marking the first of three straight seasons at Hofstra shooting 80.0 percent or better at the line. That year, Hofstra went 27-8, won the CAA regular season championship and earned a berth in the NIT.
Coburn began his collegiate career at St. Bonaventure in 2016-17, making 12 appearances for the Bonnies.
Prior to beginning his collegiate career, earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a senior, leading Cardozo to a 27-3 record and a Queens Division PSAL title. At Cardozo, Coburn played for Ron Naclerio, the winningest coach in PSAL history and the St. John’s baseball program’s career leader in stolen bases.
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