Max Hooper leaving St. John's

NEW YORK -- St. John's swingman Max Hooper has been given permission to explore transfer opportunities, the school announced Wednesday.

Hooper averaged 3.2 points in 9.0 minutes per game in 2013-14, his first season with the Red Storm after transferring from Harvard.

A 3-point specialist, Hooper got significant playing time early in the season, but had trouble on the defensive end. He hardly played down the stretch -- just 15 minutes total in the final nine games of the regular season.

Ironically, Hooper scored a season-high 18 points in his final game at St. John's, in an 89-78 loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.

Hooper is the second player to leave the St. John's program in the past week. Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson, the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, announced Monday that he was leaving school and entering the NBA draft.