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TJ Cleveland (Assistant Coach - St. John's University) - 1 year
7 NCAA Tournament Appearances
1 Sweet 16 Appearance
1 Elite 8 Appearance
2 Top 25 Recruiting Classes
Coached 9 NBA Players
Why Coach Cleveland?

Defense wins championships. Given time, Coach TJ Cleveland will deliver championships wherever he is at. He has assembled elite recruiting classes over the years in high major programs and in 14 of his 17 seasons as a collegiate coach, his teams have finished top 3 in steals. In 4 of those seasons, his teams led the nation in steals. During Cleveland's tenure at Missouri, the Tigers ranked second in the NCAA in turnover margin for three straight seasons. He’s mentored and developed multiple NBA players and continues to bring out the best in those around him. NYC is excited about the staff at St. John’s and probably won’t be happy to read me writing about the possibility of him being a head coach elsewhere. Although the record isn’t indicative of the capabilities of Coach Cleveland and the Red Storm, there were some extremely bright spots this season. Most notably wins over West Virginia, Arizona, Creighton, and Marquette. The other thing that stands out to me about this season is 6 of their losses were by 5 points or less. For the most part they were in every game.

Coach Cleveland’s success has not been limited to the coaching side of things. The husband and father of two also starred as a player. He helped navigate Arkansas to the 2000 SEC title (the only one in program history). TJ made three NCAA Tournament appearances as a player and currently ranks fifth on the program's all-time steals list. Universities looking to make a splash with a young up and coming coach should look closely in his direction. His experience and success coaching future NBA level talent will surely command the attention and respect of the next generation of prospective student athletes.

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