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Monday / December 9.
  • Bobby Hurley is staying at Arizona State; Iona says it hasn’t been contacted by St. John’s

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Bobby Hurley is staying at Arizona State, and all signs point to Tim Cluess becoming the next head coach at St. John’s.

    Hurley, 47, Tweeted Thursday that he signed an extension with Arizona State.

    Hurley  is a Jersey City native and a Duke legend who won back-to-back NCAA titles at the school in the early 1990s. He was thought to be AD Mike Cragg’s top target, but he makes approximately $2.4 million, has a $3 million buyout and is under contract through 2022 (before the extension). Sources said Hurley would have needed something north of $3 million annually for a long-term deal to even consider St. John’s.

    “I think Bobby’s got a great job,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla told ArizonaSports.com. “I think it’s a great place to live. I think the expectations of Sun Devil basketball are extremely high, and he certainly has met those. You can argue about whether they should be better but I think it’s in a good spot right now. Unless he just feels the need to come home to the New York, New Jersey area, I would council him to stay where he is.”

    Meantime, sources say St. John’s appears to be closing in on hiring Cluess.

    But Iona on Friday issued a statement saying they haven’t been officially contacted by the Big East school. Sources said Cluess, 60, has a “significant” buyout that is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $2 million. He is signed through the 2024-25 season.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.