Just last week, St. John's appeared to shut down reports about Chris Mullin being fired, it appears that the Red Storm legend may be out after all. It has already cost the program one recruit: four-star Nate Tabor.
The 2020 wing committed to the Red Storm back in January. The Queens native, who plays for Sacred Heart in Waterbury, Conn., cited the proximity to home at the time of his commitment.
He also mentioned his relationship with the coaching staff. Before this Mullin news, key assistant and top recruiter Matt Abdelmassih took a job under Fred Hoiberg at Nebraska.
From 247Sports, at the time of his commitment:
“The coaching staff,” he said when asked about what sticks out about the program. “They made me feel welcome with open arms. The way it’s set up, for one it’s in Queens. I grew up in Queens. Plus my life is around there and St. John’s and that’s why I picked them.”
During tonight's college basketball national title game, news came down that Mullin is now expected to resign from the job. He is 59–73 with a 20-52 Big East record in four years. This season, St. John's made its first NCAA Tournament under Mullin, but lost as an 11-seed in the First Four.
With the Chris Mullin news, Nate Tabor has reportedly opened up his recruitment.
247's Evan Daniels has the scoop:
It is unclear which schools might get involved here for the talented 2020 wing. He holds offers from Auburn, UConn, LSU, New Mexico, TCU, and national champion participant Texas Tech.
None of those schools, aside from UConn, is terribly close to his home, if that remains a huge factor, but without the Queens-based Johnnies in the picture at the moment, it may not be.
247Sports ranks Tabor No. 60 overall in the class. He's the 17th-ranked small forward.