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Saturday / November 16.
  • T.J. Cleveland expected to join Mike Anderson’s staff at St. John’s

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    T.J. Cleveland is expected to be the first person to join Mike Anderson’s staff at St. John’s, sources said Monday.

    Cleveland will be in Atlanta at the Nike EYBL stop this weekend during the first live period.

    Cleveland is Anderson’s nephew and played at Arkansas from 1998-2002. He then joined Anderson’s staff at the University of Alabama-Birmingham as a video coordinator and was named an assistant coach prior to the 2005-06 season. Cleveland then joined Anderson at Missouri for the 2006-07 season and spent five seasons with the Tigers. He then joined Anderson at Arkansas in 2011.

    Cleveland has worked with seven eventual NBA players: first round draft pick Bobby Portis (Chicago Bulls), Donell Taylor (Washington Wizards), Squeaky Johnson (New Orleans Hornets), first round draft pick DeMarre Carroll (Brooklyn Nets), Kim English (Detroit Pistons), Marcus Denmon (San Antonio Spurs) and Phil Pressey (Boston Celtics). Cleveland was also a teammate of NBA All-Star Joe Johnson, as well as guard Jannero Pargo.

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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.