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St. John’s Update: Hurley Not The Only Duke Guy Mentioned

Didn’t expect to see four

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at Pittsburgh
Jan 22, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duke Blue Devils associate head coach Jon Scheyer reacts on the bench against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Duke won 79-64. 
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The St. John’s job has only been open for a day and already four Duke names have been mentioned: Bobby Hurley, Tommy Amaker, Jon Scheyer and Nate James.

To be clear, these are media suggestions rather than a peek at A.D. Mike Cragg’s Rolodex but even so, it’s kind of cool.

Hurley’s name has come up a lot obviously. We could see Amaker if he felt like dealing with the fishbowl of New York media (and his wife, who is a sought-after academic, would have a hard time improving her position after being at Harvard).

Of Duke’s current assistants, it doesn’t seem like a great fit for either to us. They’ll both be good coaches whenever they’re ready but having your first head job be the St. John’s job in New York could be a rough way to get started.

Of the four, Hurley is the only one who knows New York and that’s a big deal. Coaching there is not like coaching in other places.

Or maybe not. Here’s Jeff Goodman’s prediction: Ryan Odom.

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