St. John's alumnus and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin has accepted the open head coaching job at the school and will be introduced on Wednesday at a press conference.
The St. John's all-time leading scorer will be the 20th head coach in program history and will take over for Steve Lavin, who the school "mutually parted ways" with last week.
As a player, Mullin led the Johnnies to their last Final Four in 1985 and was then selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round (7th overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. He played 16 seasons with the Warriors and the Pacers, scoring 17,911 points. He also played on the 1992 USA Dream Team that won the gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.
Back in December, Mullin, who has served in an advisor role for the Sacramento Kings, was the number one candidate for the team's head coaching opening after they fired Michael Malone but according to ESPN, he later resisted the option to land his first coaching job.
This will not be an easy task for Mullin as the Johnnies currently have a bare roster; Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa are debating the pro ranks while four star shooting guard Brandon Sampson has re-opened his recruiting process (St. John's is still involved).
According to the NY Daily News, Jordan and Obekpa are intrigued by the hiring and are considering a return.
Mullin is expected to hire a staff with strong New York ties to help him successfully recruit in the area, something that Lavin's staff struggled to accomplish. Cheick Diallo, the number one recruit in New York, could be a strong target for the Johnnies as they have plenty of scholarship opportunities open for 2015, especially if Obekpa and Jordan choose not to return.
We will have coverage and updates throughout Wednesday as Mullin will step to the podium for the first time.