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Chris Mullin plucks assistant coach Barry Rohrssen from Kentucky

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns shoots over assistant coach Barry

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns shoots over assistant coach Barry Rohrssen during practice for a regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Credit: AP / Tony Dejak

Two weeks after he was hired to revamp St. John's basketball recruiting, head coach Chris Mullin on Monday formally announced the addition of Barry Rohrssen as associate head coach and Matt Abdelmassih as assistant coach. Mullin lured longtime friend Rohrssen from John Calipari's Kentucky staff and plucked Red Storm alum Abdelmassih off Fred Hoiberg's Iowa State staff.

Rohrssen and Abdelmassih both are regarded as high-level recruiters, and Rohrssen also has head-coaching experience at Manhattan from 2006-11.

"Barry is a great addition to our staff," Mullin said in a statement. "His experience in all facets of college basketball is going to be important to our program."

Brooklyn native Rohrssen described Mullin as "a lifelong friend" and called it a pleasure to return to New York. "I have always admired Chris' work ethic, character and basketball instincts," Rohrssen said, "and feel all those qualities he had as a player will serve him as a coach."

Mullin said he received a high recommendation on Abdelmassih from his former Indiana Pacers teammate Hoiberg.

"Matt is one of the top young rising coaches in college basketball with a proven track record for outside-the-box thinking," Mullin said, "and even better, he is a St. John's alumnus who has a great passion for the university."

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