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Tuesday / May 28.
  • Amid reports that he’s out at St. John’s, Mike Anderson hopes to be back

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK –– Amid reports that St. John’s will part ways with their head coach as soon as Monday, Mike Anderson says he hopes to be back with the Red Storm next season.

    Following St. John’s 72-70 overtime loss to Marquette in the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, I asked Anderson about the NIT and whether he hopes to be back next season:

    You mentioned the NIT. Do you hope to be invited?
    COACH ANDERSON: If there’s an opportunity, our guys
    want to play. I’m sure our guys will want to play.
    Q. Do you hope to be back as the coach at St. John’s
    next year, Mike?
    COACH ANDERSON: I just said yes, without a doubt. I
    look forward to this team, guys.

    Shortly after the game, Sammy Albano, a longtime St. John’s insider, Tweeted that St. John’s higher-ups had already informed Anderson that he would be let go and that an announcement would come Monday “barring” an NIT invite.

    Anderson is owed north of $11 million on his contract and, despite St. John’s financial concerns, he reportedly could be paid out the full amount over time.

    St. John’s AD Mike Cragg did not immediately respond to a text seeking comment on Anderson’s status.

    At 18-15, St. John’s — along with Seton Hall — are both in the running for NIT bids.

    Asked if he wished to comment on his future, Anderson said, “We’re talking about the game right now. Have a nice day.”

    St. John’s is 68-56 with no NCAA Tournament appearances under Anderson, and 30-46 in Big East regular-season play.

    “Between the season, between injury, guys being — it’s just a bunch of things that just didn’t come together like they should have,” he said.

    At least one player, big man Joel Soriano, said he would transfer if Anderson is fired.

    “He’s a great coach,” Soriano told the NY Post after notching 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

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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.

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