Queens, NY- After a devastating loss in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament to San Diego State, the Steve Lavin Era came to a close in Queens. Filled with disappointment, fans did not have much to look forward to, until Chris Mullin, a St. John’s legend, was appointed as the next head coach.
Fast forward three years, and countless losses later, St. John’s fans are devastated and in shock. With questions going into a vital offseason, many fans are asking themselves, will next year finally be our year?
“We have to make the tournament next year, there’s no excuses,” said Nick Gilmore, a St. John’s alumni.
There is no doubt that Chris Mullin is on the hot seat next season, as it is boom-or-bust for the Johnnies. The fan base is anxious, and quite frankly, who can blame them?
The talent pool is there, the depth is undeniable and the coaching staff has loads of experience. It’s time for St. John’s to come out of the dwellers of the Big East Conference and emerge into the program that fans have been waiting far too long for.
Esteban Ortiz, is one of those disgruntled fans.
“With the players he has available, I think that if he doesn’t make the tournament next year, then he’s got to go.The team is way too inconsistent with him.”
Junior star Shamorie Ponds should be returning next season, despite testing NBA draft waters to gauge interest. The likes of Justin Simon, Marvin Clark, and Bryan Trimble Jr. also will be returning back for next season.
A big part of St. John’s philosophy is their ability to land impact transfers, and luckily for them, they have a few who will be available next season. Transfer players Mikey Dixon and Sedee Keita are both eligible to play next season and are expected to make a big impact on the court.
Despite a slow start to the recruiting campaign, the staff managed to land some top players. They injected some new blood into the team, hoping these new recruits can pay off and take the team to new heights next season.
The Red-Storm added two four star shooting guards, LJ Figueroa, and Greg Williams, and will get Boubacar Diakite back, who red-shirted last season after sustaining an injury.
All the cards are in place for a successful season for Chris Mullin and staff but the Johnnies have to perform on the court and meet the expectations set upon them. An NCAA tournament berth is expected yet again from them, and all eyes will be on this rising team.
But if they fail to make it, then what? Chris Mullin’s job security will be he main topic of conversation around the Queens campus, and many are asking themselves, will 2019 be Chris Mullin’s last?