Former St. John’s basketball star joins Mike Anderson’s coaching staff

Former St. John's basketball standout Zendon Hamilton(Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Former St. John's basketball standout Zendon Hamilton(Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival) /

Former St. John’s basketball star Zendon Hamilton returns to Queens to join the coaching staff. 

A star is back in Queens as it was announced late last week that former St. John’s basketball star Zendon Hamilton will return to Queens to join Mike Anderson’s coaching staff.

The former star Red Storm center will join the coaching staff as the coordinator of basketball operations after some recent staffing shakeups this offseason.

Hamilton played for the Red Storm from 1994-98 averaging 15.9 points and 8.9 assists per game over his collegiate career in Queens.

The Floral Park, New York native finished his Red Storm career seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,810 points and fourth on the all-time rebounds list with 949.

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Hamilton was a three-time All-Big East Second Team selection during his time and helped lead the Red Storm through a period of transition that culiminated into an NCAA Tournament berth in his senior year in the 1997-98 season.

Hamilton went undrafted in 1998 but played two years overseas in Spain and Greece before carving out a six year NBA career with Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Following his NBA career, Hamilton went back overseas until he retired in 2013.

Hamilton was coaching in the NBA D-League, now known as the G-League, after his retirement up until his arrival now back in Queens.

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The addition of Zendon Hamilton looks like one of the final moves as head coach Mike Anderson adjusts his coaching staff as Van Macon was promoted to an associate head coach and Greg Vetrone was added to the staff as an assistant coach.

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Hamilton will look to bring his experience in coaching and as a former star player in Queens to mentor the team ahead of a season filled with expectations for the Red Storm.

Things get underway for the Johnnies on Tuesday, November 9 against Mississippi Valley State in Carnesecca Arena.

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