LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program has added two assistant coaches, Jeremy Cox and Glynn Cyprien, head coach Billy Gillispie announced Monday.
“Both Jeremy and Glenn are great people and great coaches,” said Gillispie. “They are outstanding at developing relationships, with both current players and prospective students.”
It’s that time of year again in college basketball – spring – when fans try to predict which underclassmen will declare for the NBA draft as well as determine which players will be selected in the first and second rounds. However, it’s also the time when coaches try to fill in gaps on their rosters for next year from the only viable source still available – junior colleges.
NBA Draft: Jermareo Davidson
NBA Draft: Taurean Green
Billy Gillispie must feel like he’s dreaming.
Just five years ago, he was stumbling through his first season as head coach at UTEP, on his way to a 6-24 record. Now, he’s preparing to sit in the same seat once occupied by Adolph Rupp, and lead a program that has “suffered” through back-to-back 22-win seasons. And he couldn’t be more excited.
“Was I the second choice?” Gillispie asked at his introductory news conference on April 6, in reference to UK’s public courtship of Billy Donovan. “If I was anywhere before seven and eight, I’d be happy.”
NBA Draft: Joakim Noah
NBA Draft: Corey Brewer
It was bigger than any Joakim Noah chest thumping, Al Horford arm flex, or rumor about where Billy Donovan might cash his next paycheck. It was bigger than a rematch of a December battle in Gainesville, or the revenge factor from the BCS Championship in January.
The Florida Gators did more than claim a second straight basketball title on Monday night. They made history, and firmly placed their stamp on two of the greatest seasons in college basketball history.
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