The Wild Ride Of Slice Rohrssen, College Basketball's Great Persuader


From nightclub managing days, to actor friendships (and career) and how he got back into coaching, a profile of Barry Rohrssen.

For example:

While the Club Kids were still a few years away from invading Peter Gatien's Limelight, the converted church was still the place to party in the mid-1980s. Rohrssen was a perfect fit. "Because of my hard work and background, I ended up managing Limelight," says Rohrssen. "It fit at the time, but it wasn't something that I wished to settle into. I know that, and I understood it while I was living it."

But his gig made for an undeniably nice perk when his coaching friends came through town to recruit various NYC-area high schools. Limelight became the go-to nighttime destination for Calipari, Bayno, and Fran Fraschilla, among other coaches, who wanted to kick back after spending all day journeying to high school games at Tolentine in the Bronx or Archbishop Molloy in Queens.

The Wild Ride Of Slice Rohrssen, College Basketball's Great Persuader | VICE Sports

On Westchester CC's transcript scandal (& St. John's involvement, too)


"Thomas filed a lawsuit against Mushatt and Westchester, claiming that he had placed his life and his fate in their hands. They told him, he said, that they would take care of the application. The loss of his associate’s degree and his scholarship to St. John’s and the humiliation of seeing his name linked to scandal, he stated in the lawsuit, have caused him great emotional distress.

"In June 2014, Mushatt shook hands with an unidentified St. John’s employee in the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center in Greenburgh, N.Y., and handed over a forged transcript, according to the Westchester district attorney. Very likely this is not the typical route by which St. John’s receives an applicant’s transcript."

Junior College’s Second Chances Become Dead Ends - The New York Times

SJU alum 2B Joe Panik on DL for SF Giants


There is never a good time to lose an All-Star infielder, especially one like Panik who is hitting .309/.374/.443 with seven homers and tied for fifth in the NL with 116 hits. But his absence comes at an especially bad time for a team that must get through the rest of this grueling trip, and then play seven consecutive series against teams with winning records.

Panik will undergo several tests, including an MRI and CT scan, to determine what is causing the inflammation in his lower back.

Giants place Joe Panik on DL and promote Kelby Tomlinson - Giants Extra

Coaching turnover vs player turnover in college hoops - Sports Illustrated study


Sports Illustrated studied coaching turnover vs. player transfers:

If a player's career spanned from the 2009-10 season to 2013-14, for example, 204 D-I head coaches—a number equal to 59.0% of the D-I membership—would have debuted during that time. The average four-year career in our study sample coincided with 190.1 head-coaching debuts, a number equal to 55.1% of the D-I membership....

Any four-year player during our study was more likely than not to endure a head-coaching change.

Analyzing the movement of coaches and assistants across college hoops - College Basketball -

Shamorie Ponds can be best in New York City


[Rawle] Alkins — the nation’s 15th ranked prospect according to Rivals — joked that as far as he knows he is the "King of New York," but you have to play here for that to be the case. Once Alkins leaves, the moniker falls to [Shamorie] Ponds — and rightfully so.

[Shamorie] Ponds can be best in the city • Brooklyn Daily

St. John's looking at 2016 German forward


...[Richard] Freudenberg has set up a visit with St. John’s.

"I’m visiting St. John’s in August because I have family in Boston and we go there for vacation, so I’ll just go to New York for two or three days to visit St. John’s," Freudenberg said.

"I like Chris Mullin because he’s also a great shooter," he said. "I think he can teach guys like me how to create their own shots and how to use screens to get open. I like that."

High-majors track German forward - Basketball Recruiting - Scout

Can Chris Mullin Save St. John's basketball? - Rolling Stone


Which is why so many folks in Queens are living vicariously through his enthusiasm about his new gig these days. Chris Mullin could've done anything at this point in his basketball life. He could've stayed in the NBA, continuing life as a front office man or advisor to any person smart enough to listen to what comes out of his mouth. He could've coached in the league, especially if you believe a Yahoo! Sports report from December that mentioned him as a serious candidate to take over the Sacramento Kings. He could've retired, lived comfortably on the West Coast – where he's spent most of his adult life since being drafted in 1985.

Instead, Mullin decided to return to St. John's.

It's a job with a little less luster and a lot more complications than when he was here last, but at the end of the day the lure to go home was too great to ignore. This was something that Mullin had always thought about – even if he never admitted it publicly – and when the opening came about, there was very much a now-or-never feel to it.

He, of course, was a shoo-in. The pomp and circumstance afterward was predictable. Now comes the hard part: Winning.

Can Chris Mullin Save St. John's Basketball? | Rolling Stone

SJU star Aliyyah Handford with a chance to rep USA in basketball

SJU star Aliyyah Handford with a chance to rep USA in basketball -

Following a junior season that saw her lead the BIG EAST in scoring and earn unanimous first team all-conference honors, Aliyyah Handford has been selected to participate in the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s Pan American Games and World University Games Team Trials, it was announced on Wednesday by USA Basketball.

Handford is one of 54 women’s basketball standouts that has been invited to take part in the trials being held from May 14-17 in Colorado Springs. The list of participants includes some of the best in the nation, highlighted by three-time national champion and two-time national player of the year Breanna Stewart of Connecticut.

Trials will be used to determine the rosters for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team and the 2015 USA Women’s World University Games Team.

St John’s WBB Aliyyah Handford to Participate in USA Team Trials | 1495Sports

New coaches got St. John's got back in the mix with Diallo?


"Diallo's recruitment has changed drastically over the last couple of weeks, as St. John's went from running far behind to getting squarely in the mix because of the hires of assistant coaches..."

Hot Board: Predicting where uncommitted college basketball recruits will land

Abdelmassih interviewed by Ames Tribune on leaving Iowa State


"I feel like the one thing I can bring is a blue print," Abdelmassih said, "and I feel the blue print that we’ve done (at ISU) up to this point would work anywhere.

"It needs a quick fix. It’s going to be a challenge. People are going to have to be patient, just like they were (here), but I feel like with the leadership of Chris Mullin, we’ll get that place back to the prominence it deserves."

Men’s Basketball: ISU assistant Abdelmassih headed to St. John’s | Ames Tribune