The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.
Mullin, who led St. John's to the Final Four in 1985, has never coached at any level. He replaces Steve Lavin, who agreed to leave last week after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA tournament twice. Lavin previously coached at UCLA.
Mullin, a New York native, was a five-time
Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter, who hit one of the most memorable shots in the NCAA tournament, said that he will enter the NBA draft. Hunter, whose father Ron coaches the Panthers, led the team to its first NCAA appearance since 2001, then capped a remarkable comeback by hitting a long three-pointer to beat Baylor, 57-56, in a second-round NCAA game. The two-time
AP All-America team
Wisconsin's 7-foot center Frank Kaminsky was a unanimous choice and Duke's 6-11 freshman Jahlil Okafor received all but one first-team vote for the Associated Press' 2014-15 All-America team. Also on the first team are
Dave Paulsen, a three-time