The St. John’s Red Storm seemed to be turning a corner with head coach Chris Mullin at the helm. However, the four-year head coach has decided to leave the program just when things were getting interesting.
Mullin led the Red Storm to a (21-13) record this season. He also helped St. John’s reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 when Steve Lavin was the head coach. Although Mullin took over the next season, there was going to be a huge rebuild going forward. By all accounts, he was doing everything right. Now, the Red Storm may have taken two steps back with this shocking decision.
Overall, Mullin finished (59-73) has a head coach. They were only (8-24) during his first season in Queens. The Johnnies went (14-19) in year two and (16-17) in year three. Clearly, the program was blossoming. Yet, there would have been a little bit of turnover this season.
Junior point guard Shamorie Ponds has entered the 2019 NBA draft. With the news of Mullin leaving, Ponds is almost certain to not return for his senior season. The Red Storm will also lose senior Marvin Clark. However, the rest of the team has the opportunity to return. Therefore, the Red Storm really could be a strong team next season.
According to Jon Rothstein, sources believe Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley is on the top of the list to replace Mullin. Interestingly enough, Hurley’s team beat the Red Storm in the First Four contest in Dayton, Oh. More importantly, Hurley is living the good life in the sunny and pleasant Tempe, Arizona. Will he trade all of that in to come back to the tri-state area? Keep in mind, Danny Hurley is the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies. The recruiting battles could be epic if Hurley is the chosen one.