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SI Burning Questions 1 month 1 week ago #243438

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Surprised we got some mention here. Figure most of the talk this time of year are for teams in the mix for the tournament. This is encouraging, and all things we know. Interesting reminder on how Jay Wright was in the hot seat not that long ago, and look at him now...

. . . whether Chris Mullin is building something real at St. John’s

www.si.com/college-basketball/2017/02/13...aga-villanova-kansas

Don’t look now, but the Johnnies have won three of their last five games to get to just one game under .500 in the Big East. They were legit wins, too—at Providence, home vs. Marquette, home vs. Seton Hall. St. John’s also played Xavier tough at home before losing by five, and earlier this season they won at Syracuse (by 33 points!) and beat Butler at home.

When a program has been this down, fans will cling to any sign of optimism, but in this case it’s easy to see an upward trajectory. The Red Storm’s two leading scorers are both freshmen averaging more than 17 points per game. There are no seniors amongst the top seven players. Chris Mullin has two pretty good transfers sitting out this season—Justin Simon, a 6' 5" point guard from Arizona, and Marvin Clark, a 6' 7" forward from Michigan State. If Mullin can keep this group together, it’s not hard to envision the Johnnies returning to the NCAA tournament next season.
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