Dwayne Polee transferring from SJU

NEW YORK -- St. John's freshman Dwayne Polee plans to transfer from the school because of a family health issue, the school announced on Sunday.

"I really enjoyed my experience at St. John's and I'm going to miss the staff and New York," Polee said in a statement released by the school. "Right now I feel it is best to be close to my family and help us get through a health issue."

"Dwayne is an outstanding individual with a bright future," said coach Steve Lavin. "He has been a valued member of our basketball family. He leaves St. John's University in good academic standing and we wish him well."

Polee appeared in all 33 games for St. John's this past season, starting in 27 of them. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-7 forward would have been a key player for St. John's next season -- the Red Storm will be adding nine new players. Lavin and his staff have recruited the No. 3 incoming class in the country, according to ESPN's rankings, but now the only returning player is rising junior guard Malik Stith, a reserve in 2010-2011.

Kieran Darcy is a reporter and columnist for ESPNNewYork.com.