Illinois Fighting Illini guard Andre Curbelo (5) shoots the ball during the men s Big Ten tournament game against the Indiana Hoosiers, Friday, March 11, 2022, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers won 65-63. Iuillinoisbigtentourny 031122 Am0620

One of the biggest topics in college sports has been the impact of the rule changes to the transfer portal which allows players to play immediately after transferring.

There have been a number of impactful players to enter the transfer portal this offseason, but certainly one of the most interesting is former Illinois guard Andre Curbelo.

He came into the 2021-22 season off the back of an extremely promising freshman season, but couldn’t quite replicate that in his sophomore year this past season.

He saw his numbers drop drastically, going from a 49.8 field goal percentage in 2020 to 32.9 percent in 2021.

It seems that he believes that a change of scenery may be the solution going forward, and he has officially made his decision on Friday.

Curbelo posted this message on social media, announcing that he will be transferring to St. John’s University with the caption “Back to where everything started.”

This news has gotten the college basketball world talking, with many excited to see what Curbelo can do in what will likely be a far bigger role at St. John’s.

It will certainly be a fun fit for Curbelo at St. John’s. The team was amongst the top scoring teams in the country last season, averaging 79.6 points per game while playing at an extremely high pace.

That works perfectly with the way that Curbelo plays, which should allow him to be an impact player from the start.

Whether it will lead to team success is remained to be seen, but St. John’s will certainly be one of the most fun teams to watch in all of college basketball next season.

[Andre Curbelo]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.