St. John’s parts ways with coach Mike Anderson after four seasons, per report
Mike Anderson located in St. John’s According to a report by John Rothstein of CBS Sports. Anderson went 68–56 in four non-NCAA tournament seasons at St. John’s. Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report the move. Numerous reports indicate that Iona’s current coach and former Kentucky and Louisville coach Rick Pitino will become one of the main targets of the Red Storm.
Anderson, former UAB, Missouri and Arkansas State coach, ahead of the 2022-2023 season. got into one of the best transfer portal classes in the country. But DePaul translates David Jones, and Illinois translates Andre Curbelo blown away this season.
St. John finished 18-15 overall and 7-13 in the Big East game. The St. Johns knocked out Butler Wednesday in the first round of the Big East and put Marquette in first place in the quarter-finals of the Big East on Thursday. But the all-too-familiar crash of the second half followed. The St. Johns squandered a 14-point lead and lost 72-70 in overtime, in what would be Anderson’s last game on the St. Johns sideline.
“We had our chances, and that’s the beauty of March and March madness,” Anderson said. “We are all fighting for the same thing. We all want a trophy that says “Big East Tournament Champion”. Because anything that tells you that you automatically get into the NCAA.
Anderson brought a fast and assertive style to St. John’s. But he will end his tenure 30-46 in the Big East game. The St. Johns have only had one season (2020–21) with a game-winning record in the Big East.
Curbelo and Jones were supposed to help change that. On paper, Anderson has put together one of his most talented lineups. big man Joel Soriano was one of the most progressive players in the Big East. junior guard Gorgeous Alexander formidable defender with the ball. But the additions of Curbelo and Jones were calculated risks. Both Jones and Curbelo were struggling shooters who joined the list with shooting questions.
The plan failed.
Jones and Curbelo have only scored 29.4% from downtown this year. St. John’s ranked 220th in college basketball in three-point shooting. St. John’s ranked eighth in offensive scoring during a game in the Big East, according to KenPom.
But it wasn’t just the on-court wrestling that ruined a once-promising season. Curbelo and Anderson often clashed. Curbelo, a short-tempered and emotional athlete, was repeatedly suspended from competition for violating team rules. Curbelo’s season ended early due to a concussion.
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“One of the things, if you go back and look at what I said, I said talent, but talent doesn’t make a team,” Anderson said. “You have to become a team. If you go back and look at it, that’s exactly what I said. This should become a team. I don’t think that we, between the season, between the injuries, the guys are just a bunch of things that just didn’t come together the way they should have.”