Over four years, Bobby Hurley has made Arizona State basketball relevant.
It's no surprise that St. John's reportedly will target Hurley as his replacement. He has guided the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the first time the Devils appeared in consecutive tournaments in almost 40 years.
In four seasons with the Red Storm, Mullin had a disappointing 59-73 record while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament just once. Hurley played at Duke at the same time St. John's Athletic Director Mike Cragg was an athletic department official at the school.
Hurley also won ASU's first NCAA Tournament game in 10 years, a feat that hasn't happened since the 2008-09 season under Herb Sendek, who only managed one NCAA Tournament win in his nine years in the Valley. St. John's did make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years this season, though it lost in the First Four.
Prior to his arrival at Wells Fargo Arena, Hurley spent two seasons as the coach of Buffalo, who ended up knocking out ASU in the first round of this year's tournament. Hurley and the Blue Devils defeated St. John's in the regional finals of the 1991 NCAA Tournament. Plus, junior college point guard Cam Mack requested his release from the national letter-of-intent he had signed with St. John's, and Nate Tabor, a top 100 recruit from Queens who had given the Red Storm a verbal commitment, reopened his recruitment.