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Bobby Hurley

Mar 20, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Buffalo Bulls head coach Bobby Hurley during the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Hurley first burst onto the scene as the point guard for the Duke teams that Christian Laettner and Grant Hill were also a member of. More recently though, he has began making headlines as the head coach for an up-and-coming Buffalo Bulls program that won the MAC, earning their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.

The Bulls lost in the Round of 64 to a strong West Virginia Mountaineers team, but Hurley had them ready to compete as they gave West Virginia everything they could handle. While the Bulls didn’t find the success they had hoped for when entering the tournament, Hurley is quickly becoming a popular name among programs in the bigger conferences.

He supposedly plans to interview with DePaul about their head coaching vacancy, while there have been some reports as well that Buffalo is set to make him the highest paid coach in the MAC to try and convince him to stay. Right now Hurley looks to have an extremely bright future as a head coach, and his light will only get brighter the longer he is at Buffalo. The time to poach him for a program like St. John’s is now.

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St. John’s, while they have struggled recently getting back into the national picture ranking and recruiting wise, they are a more ideal situation than DePaul. DePaul is kind of in the same situation as St. John’s is, but the Red Storm are closer to become what they once were than the Blue Demons are.

If Hurley in fact decides to turn down the Blue Demons, the Red Storm should be the next team calling. Buffalo had a strong season, and should compete once again in the near future, but is the long term outlook there better than it would be at St. John’s? That is something Hurley will have to take into account if he decides to take his coaching chops south in New York.

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