Chris Mullin’s job just got a whole lot easier. St. John’s rookie head coach will have his big man on the court next season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
It was a perfect presser and stroll down the years at St. John’s. Rookie coach Chris Mullin looked great yesterday, but it won’t matter much if he doesn’t produce tomorrow.
“Obviously, it’s a surreal experience,” Mullin said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life.”
Matt Abdelmassih was considered Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg’s top recruiter, helping sign Royce White, DeAndre Kane and current starter Jameel McKay.
St. John’s hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2000. Administrators apparently think Chris Mullin, a member of the school’s 1985 Final Four team, is the man to end that drought.
Some just don’t know when to quit. Some should know not to even start. Like Chris Mullin, who’s reportedly on the verge of becoming the Red Storm’s new head coach.
Is St. John’s leaning toward a split with head coach Steve Lavin, or is he on the verge of a contract extension? That depends on where you get your news.
Sir’Dominic Pointer scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and added three blocks to lead St. John’s to an 85-72 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday.
Sir’Dominic Pointer matched his career-high with 24 points and St. John’s held on to beat Xavier 78-70 on Saturday.
Rysheed Jordan added 15 points and Sir’Dominic Pointer had scored 14 and grabbed seven rebounds for St. John’s (12-4, 1-3), which shot 51 percent overall and made a season-high 10 3-pointers.
Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said Monday that the 6-foot-9 Sampson has not hired an agent but is in the process. The early entry deadline is April 27.
Karvel Anderson scored 38 points and Lucky Jones added 25 to help the Colonials beat St. John’s 89-79 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
It was a tight contest much of the way, but a 10-1 run over a 3:59 stretch midway through the second half put the Musketeers up by 10, 49-39. St. John’s battled back to pull to within four, but could get no closer.
The Red Storm, who dropped the first five games on their Big East slate, have now won seven of their last eight in the conference, and eight of nine overall, to put themselves squarely in the NCAA Tournament picture.
The St. John’s Red Storm found a way to keep Creighton’s Doug McDermott from beating them a second time this season – they didn’t let him shoot for the final 8:40.