Yesterday, Chris Mullin attended practice with new Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. It looks like the trip was also a bit of a fact-finding educational mission; Mullin came with assistant Greg St. Jean, who has been a crucial factor in creating the Red Storm’s scheme. From the NY Newsday:
Mullin said he has known Atkinson since the early 1990s when he still was in the midst of his NBA playing career. “I was living on Long Island in the offseason, and I used to play out there in the offseason,” Mullin said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He just loves the game and does it for the right reasons. I’m happy for him. He’s a really good guy.”
Atkinson is known as a top player development coach, and that’s an important emphasis for Mullin in his program at St. John’s.
A trio of recruiting notes
Cole Anthony, a 2019 point guard from Molloy with high-end talent (and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony), has strong interest from Duke, Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Kansas, UConn, Indiana, Miami and Kentucky.
Keenan Fitzmorris, a 6’11” forward from the Kansas City area, will attend Kansas’ midnight madness celebration, Late Night ion the Phog.
New Jersey point guard Jahvon Quinerly, a 2018 6’0” player in the top 50 of most national rankings, will unofficially visit Ohio State this weekend.
Around the Big East
Villanova won’t have Omari Spellman this season - he will be an academic redshirt, like Marcus LoVett was last season. Big East Coast Bias delves into what that means for the defending National Champion Villanova Wildcats , and where they could run into trouble - citing the size of St. John’s as one possibly troublesome opponent.
Jay Wright says he’s “all argued out,” Spellman, who cried when he heard the ruling, now says “life goes on.” Wright also notes that the program has done a good job with recent redshirts - with Fordham transfer Eric Paschall and freshman Dante DiVincenzo each using a redshirt year of development last season.
Around college sports
George Washington has chosen one of Mike Lonergan’s assistants to be the interim head coach this year, after Mike Lonergan was fired by the school after accusations of verbal abuse raised internal scrutiny on Lonergan. The school chose former Michigan State and Vermont player Maurice Joseph as their choice, a surprise that skips over Lonergan’s associate head coach Hajj Turner.
And the Big 12 might not expand at all, now that the Oklahoma president David Boren feels negative towards expanding the league.