STARZZ CUTS: The Utah Starzz trimmed their roster to 12 players Monday, cutting 6-foot-2 forward Tracy Connor and 5-5 guard Trise Jackson.

Connor is a rookie from Wake Forest. Jackson, who played collegiately at Long Beach State, was on the developmental squad of the Los Angeles Sparks last season and waived by them this spring. She came to the Starzz as a free agent.The team has until Wednesday to get its roster down to 11 players, including 6-5 forward/center Elena Baranova, who was expected to join the team Tuesday after competing in the World Championships in Berlin.

USU'S JONES TRANSFERS: Michael Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward who played last season at Utah State, will transfer to Pittsburg State, coach Gene Iba said Monday.

Jones will be eligible to play for the Gorillas this season as a junior. He is from Evanston, Wyo., where he was Wyoming player of the year as a senior, averaging 26 points and 15 rebounds.

He played at the College of Eastern Utah in 1993-94, leading the team in scoring with a 17-point average. He spent the next two years as a missionary for the LDS Church in South America.

After returning to the United States, he was redshirted his first year at Utah State. Last season Utah State had a 25-8 record, won the Big West championship and made the NCAA tournament.

Pittsburg State was 24-6 last season and made the NCAA Division II tournament for the second straight year.

JARVIS TO ST. JOHN'S? Mike Jarvis, the men's basketball coach at George Washington, is close to becoming the new basketball coach at St. John's, according to published reports Tuesday.

According to reports in Tuesday's editions of The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News, Jarvis' agent, Rob Ades, flew to New York on Monday to meet with St. John's officials on final contract details.

Jarvis, 253-141 in 13 seasons as a Division I head coach, is reportedly seeking a seven-year deal at $800,000 per year. He met with St. John's officials last week after the school interviewed three other candidates and is looking to become one of the Big East's highest paid coaches.

The 52-year-old Jarvis has never had a losing season in coaching five years at Boston University and the last eight at George Washington, where he was 152-90. Jarvis has taken his teams to the postseason 10 times.

The Red Storm have been looking for a coach since Fran Fraschilla was dismissed a little over a month ago.