The 4 Quarters Podcast: Kevin Boyle, Book Richardson, SJU and the Final Four

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman dish out Week 4 of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops and recruiting for SNY.tv. Former St. Patrick and current Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Boyle calls in to talk about the big names that he’s coached in the past and present, and Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson joins in to talk about St. John’s and the Final Four. The guys also chat about the hiring of Chris Mullin at St. John’s, and cover recruiting with McDonald’s All-American Game news and notes.

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1st Quarter: Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Boyle (01:20)
2nd Quarter: Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson (15:35)
3rd Quarter: St. John’s and the Chris Mullin hire (25:55)
4th Quarter: Recruiting Round Up & McDonald’s All-American Game (31:35)

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McDonald’s Notebook: Diamond Stone, Jaylen Brown, Stephen Zimmerman, Dwayne Bacon, Isaiah Briscoe

2014 Under Armour Association FinalsThe McDonald’s All-American Game scrimmage took place on Tuesday in Chicago and Jay Williams and Quint Kessenich interviewed several players on ESPNU.

Here are some highlights:

DIAMOND STONE WANTS TO BE A ‘BEAST’

**Newly-minted Maryland commit Diamond Stone was asked how he could help bring the Terps to a Final Four next year.

“I plan on just being a low-post beast on the block,” the 6-10 Stone said. “I think I bring great character to the team, on and off the court. My rebounding needs work but I think I can coming into the season, getting with the strength and conditioning coach…He can get me right, like he did Alex Len. Right now I’m probably 13 or 14 percent body fat, I think I need to cut that down to 10 and I think I could be a beast.” To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Officially Names Chris Mullin Head Coach

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John'sNEW YORK — St. John’s officially named Chris Mullin its new head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday and the legendary former player will be introduced Wednesday at a 1:30 p.m press conference.

The Mullin news first surfaced Sunday night when SNY.tv and other outlets reported that Mullin would succeed Steve Lavin as head coach.

“Obviously, it’s a surreal experience coming home and returning to St. John’s University. This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life,” said Mullin. “There are so many people who have had a great influence on me to reach this point, especially my parents, Coach Carnesecca and my former teammates. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Gempesaw for providing me this tremendous opportunity to give back to the university where I spent some of the greatest years of my life.”

Most recently an advisor to the Sacramento Kings, Mullin has never coached at any level but is the greatest link to the program’s glory years. To read more of this story, click here

Chris Mullin Nabs Ace Recruiter From Iowa State

635633197459665209-OVVPFZVPCFSRRJY.20110804184451-1-NEW YORK — Chris Mullin hasn’t even had his introductory presser yet and he’s already making moves.

The new St. John’s coach scored a major coup on the coaching and recruiting front by nabbing St. John’s product and former Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih to his staff.

“Extremely sad but happy to move onto the next stage in my life,” he Tweeted.

Abdelmassih was the Cyclones’ lead recruiter on Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 Mcdonald’s All-American forward out of Our Savior New American. Diallo is considering Iowa State, St. John’s, Kentucky, Kansas and Pitt. He is also close with St. John’s guard Felix Balamou.

The Des Moines Register also credited Abdelmassih for recruiting Royce White, Jameel McKay, Abdel Nader, Dustin Hogue and DeAndre Kane to Iowa State.

Photo: Cyclones.com

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Coaching Carousel: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall, Travis Ford, Dave Paulsen, Mick Cronin

The Coaching Carousel is turning fast and furious with meetings and movement. Here’s the latest:

8459372**Texas is in talks with VCU coach Shaka Smart about its coaching vacancy, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. Texas parted ways with Rick Barnes over the weekend after 17 years, and Barnes wasted no time finding new employment by landing the Tennessee job.

**The other prominent name linked to Texas was Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, but  Marshall spent seven hours on Monday with Alabama AD Bill Battle in Wichita, according to AL.com. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com To read more of this story, click here