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Saturday / April 13.
  • The offseason makeover at St. John’s continues.

    Italian guard Federico Mussini is leaving the program to play professionally for his hometown Reggio Emilia in Italy.

    “It was an honor to wear a St. John’s jersey for the last two years,” said Mussini. “This was an incredible experience for me to be a part of such a great university in New York City. I want to thank Coach Mullin and the entire coaching staff for everything I learned from them. I also want to thank all the St. John’s fans for their support at Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden.”

    Mussini played in 62 games and made 25 starts for the Red Storm over the past two seasons. The 6-foot-2 guard from Reggio Emilia, Italy averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists during his career in Queens. Mussini also drained 112 3-pointers and shot 85.9 percent at the free-throw line.

    N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is in New York and will work out for the Knicks on Wednesday, a source told ZAGSBLOG.

    The Knicks pick at No. 8 in the June 22nd NBA Draft and are in need of a lead guard.

    Knicks President Phil Jackson said at the NBA Draft Combine that his team was looking for “guards and wings.”

    The Knicks could be in the mix for several guards, including Smith Jr.,  Kentucky’s Malik Monk or French product Frank Ntilikina, who could be a good fit in the triangle offense.

    Former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox worked out with Sacramento on Monday and is slated to work out for the Phoenix Suns later in the week, and the Lakers and Philadelphia Sixers next week, per NBA.com.

    The Lakers pick at No. 2, the Sixers at No. 3, the Suns at No. 4 and the Kings at No. 5.

    DraftExpress.com currently projects the 6-foot-3 Fox to go to Phoenix.

    The Sixers, meantime, are considering “six or seven names…who we would really be happy with,” President Bryan Colangelo said Monday per NBA.com.

    “We’ve done a lot of scouting over the last few weeks, following up and confirming some of the thoughts and impressions we’ve had over a much bigger body of work,” Colangelo said. “This is the chance to bring guys in, and talk to them for the first time, in some cases.”

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