Porter Moser rejects St. John’s, which now has to scramble

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Strike two.

St. John’s whiffed on its first selection, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, and now it has swung and missed on No. 2, Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser, based on sources.

The 50-year-old Moser, an Illinois native who was provided the Queens college’s vacant head-coaching place Monday night time within the wake of Chris Mullin stepping down every week in the past, is staying in Chicago after his go to to New York, sources mentioned.

It stays to be seen what Athletic Director Mike Cragg will do subsequent. He may circle again to Iona School’s Tim Cluess, who was the reported chief final week, although sources instructed The Submit on the time such discuss was untimely. The 2 sides had been speaking, however Moser was clearly the choice. St. John’s was ready to present him a big increase from the reported $900,000 he earned final 12 months, sources mentioned.

Sources near Moser believed he would take the job if provided when he left for New York. However after his go to, he was hesitant shifting his household east — he has 4 teenage youngsters — and his lack of expertise recruiting the advanced Tri-state space additionally gave him pause. So did the state of the St. John’s program, which has simply seven scholarship gamers for the time being and is an enormous rebuilding job.

Choice-makers weren’t stable on Cluess, based on sources. Nonetheless, if approached, a number of sources imagine he would nonetheless have curiosity in taking the job. The 60-year-old Cluess performed at St. John’s from 1979-81 earlier than transferring to Hofstra, and his three brothers and sister all performed there. He led Iona to 6 NCAA Tournaments in 9 years, however has a hefty buyout that created an obstacle.

There was a report St. John’s has interviewed Yale coach James Jones, however sources performed down his probabilities as a candidate, although they did say his identify has come up and he has talked to Cragg. There have been no interviews scheduled Tuesday, sources mentioned. Duke affiliate head coach Jon Scheyer, who is aware of Cragg from his days in Durham, and Greg St. Jean, Mullin’s high assistant coach, have been mentioned as potential candidates, however are thought of lengthy photographs for the job.

In the meantime, as St. John’s continues to search for a coach, it’s lacking out on invaluable time to recruit as the one high-major program with no head coach. The late signing interval begins Thursday — the Johnnies misplaced their solely two dedicated recruits, junior faculty prospects Valdir Manuel and Cam Mack — and the stay recruiting interval is developing on April 26-28.

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