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March 30, 2015 Updates

To that end, he is expected to announce that he is hiring a staff that includes a number of candidate who are New Yorkers, have appreciated St. John's and know the ropes of the college game, and especially recruiting. Among the serious candidates — some that he already has consulted with — are Kentucky assistant and fellow alumnus from Brooklyn’s Xaverian Barry Rohrssen, who established a flowing pipeline of New Yorkers to Pitt and has head coaching experience at Manhattan; Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih, a St. John's alum and former hoops manager who is a rising star among assistant coaches and is heavily involved in the recruiting of Long Island blue-chipper Cheick Diallo; Bulls assistant and Bronx product Ed Pinkney who helped Villanova to the 1985 national title and also was a strong recruiting assistant coach for the Wildcats for four seasons; and Emanuel (Book) Richardson of the Bronx, who has regularly scored top recruits including New Yorkers for Xavier and now Arizona. He could hire brother Terence Mullin in some capacity as well. New York Daily News

Sophomore point guard Rysheed Jordan has been mulling going pro, but is said to be intrigued by the Mullin hiring and may consider coming back to play for a coach with as many NBA connections as Mullin. The same is true for junior center Chris Obekpa. Louisiana guard Brandon Sampson, who committed but did not sign, has re-opened recruiting since the move with Lavin but is said to still be considering St. John's. A team with those three and Diallo would be formidable out of the gate. New York Daily News

Vinny Del Negro has signed with Kauffman Sports Management Group for representation in all areas. Del Negro, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers head coach, will be represented by managing partner Spencer Breecker. He was represented by CSE. barrons.com

Marc Berman: Word is Westchester Knicks coach Kevin Whitted could be out as head coach. D-League team had rough season. Assistant coach Craig Hodges is expected to take over for Whitted for final few games for Westchester Knicks. Twitter @NYPost_Berman

March 29, 2015 Updates

Tom Ziller: Chris Mullin taking the St. John's coaching job would do nothing to dispel the rumors he wanted to coach the Kings next season pre-Karl. Rumor was Mullin wanted Malone out of the way but didn't want to coach starting in the middle of a season. Wanted camp and a new staff. Twitter @teamziller

First, the franchise must settle on a new head coach. Although team officials have been impressed with Borrego, it seems most likely that the team will seek to hire a more experienced coach with a proven track record. The coaching search likely will be a methodical search that could last two or three months. Orlando Sentinel

St. John's has offered Chris Mullin the opportunity to be its next head basketball coach and he is expected to accept, multiple sources say. The two sides were hammering out final details on a contract Sunday that would make Mullin the successor to Steve Lavin, who was fired Friday after five years at the school. Barring a last-minute snag in the negotiations, the administration is hoping to have a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday. Mullin has spent the past few seasons as an adviser in the Sacramento Kings' front office and was also formerly the general manager of the Golden State Warriors. He has no head-coaching experience, but sources said that St. John's believes Mullin provides a blueprint similar to what Iowa State had when it hired Fred Hoiberg in 2010. CBSSports.com

While Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has sparked interest from college programs, such as George Mason, where his father, Jim, led the Patriots to the Final Four in 2006, fellow assistant Walter McCarty is also an intriguing college prospect. McCarty was intrigued by the Holy Cross opening that was recently filled by Bill Carmody and would be interested in the right position. McCarty was an assistant at Louisville under former Celtics coach Rick Pitino. Boston Globe

Could Pop envision Hammon eventually becoming a head coach? “I don’t think about expectations or where anybody is going to go,’’ Popovich said. “I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing. I’m still wondering what I’m doing here. I don’t know how I got here. I don’t know why I am here. I don’t know why I should continue to be here and here I am. “So I’m not going to try and figure out what’s going to happen to somebody else in their life. I mean all of us have taken different turns. We’re going this way and then all of a sudden we’re going that way. It’ll be the same for her. “Who knows? Maybe she’ll become a doctor. I don’t know.’’ Or maybe a newspaper reporter? “God forbid.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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