NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Point guard Jamal Branch has transferred to St. John’s from Texas A&M.

Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said Tuesday that Branch, who played at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas, has enrolled at St. John’s and that after sitting one season per NCAA transfer rules will have 3½ seasons of eligibility.

Jamal is an elite college player and a welcome addition to our basketball family,” said Lavin. “Point guard play is a critical element to success in the Big East Conference and Jamal will be a valuable asset as we continue to elevate our basketball program.”

Branch played in 11 games for the Aggies this season, averaging 4.2 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 18.6 minutes.

“I chose St. John’s because I think it’s a perfect fit for me,” Branch said. “We have a really great team and I think we could compete with anyone in the future.”

He had seven points, five rebounds and two assists in Texas A&M’s 58-57 victory over St. John’s in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden in November.

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