By JACOB POLACHECK
St. John’s sophomore wing Julian Champagnie will test the NBA Draft process, the program announced Thursday.
“After long thought and multiple discussions with our coaching staff and my family, I have decided that it would be in my best interest to test the NBA Draft process,” Champagnie said. “The feedback that I will gain during this process will be very helpful in making my decision on returning to St. John’s for my junior season.
“I really look forward to having this opportunity and developing into a better player either for St. John’s or in the National Basketball Association. Playing at the next level has always been a dream of mine, so I am fully committed to getting better on and off the court each day.”
Champagnie, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound wing out of Brooklyn, NY, led the Big East in scoring during the 2020-21 season, averaging 19.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a sophomore.
“I think this is without question the right move for Julian at this point in his career,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “He’ll gain tremendous insight on what he needs to work on to become a threat at the next level, whether that’s next year or in the future. Julian has our unwavering support as he begins this exciting next step on his basketball journey.”
Champagnie shot 43.3 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from three-point range.
His twin brother, Justin, a sophomore at Pitt, announced his intentions to test the draft process on Tuesday.
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