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Shabazz to transfer

Karim Shabazz, a 7-foot-2 center who left Florida State three weeks ago, will transfer to Providence College and enroll for the second semester. Shabazz can practice with the Friars the rest of this season but won't be eligible to play until December.

Shabazz contacted the Providence coaching staff Thursday and told them he wanted to be a Friar. He attended Sunday's upset of Purdue. Shabazz could not be reached Friday night.

The news came as a shock in New York. One recruiting service reported Shabazz was "a lock" to play for St. John's, just 20 minutes from his home.

When Shabazz left Tallahassee, FSU coach Steve Robinson said it was to take care of his sick mother in Queens.

Shabazz also was considering Rutgers, Villanova and Iona and planned to attend the St. John's-Rutgers game in New Jersey on Sunday.

The chance to get lots of minutes apparently won over Shabazz. He averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds as a freshman at Florida State and 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in the first month of this season.