St. John’s on the verge of hiring Mike Anderson as new coach

The nine-day search appears all but over. After a whirlwind day that saw three interviews, all signs are pointing to St. John’s hiring former Arkansas, UAB and Missouri coach Mike Anderson as Chris Mullin’s replacement.

St. John’s interviewed Anderson, Yale coach James Jones and NBA scout and former Georgia Tech and Siena coach Paul Hewitt on Thursday, and seems to have settled on the 59-year-old Anderson. Hewitt and Jones were both told they didn’t get it, sources said. Now the two sides just need to come to terms on a contract.

In 18 seasons as a Division I head coach, Anderson has reached nine NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight in 2009 with Missouri. He was let go by Arkansas following an 18-16 mark this season, after reaching the tournament the previous two years. Anderson, though, doesn’t have any local ties, and will need to hire at least one assistant to help him recruit the tri-state area.

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