I said last week that I wasn’t sure that Mike Young would be in a position to hire someone as good as Chester Frazier. Frazier was a good recruiter for Tech, and his X’s and O’s acumen on the defensive end of the court made him the yin to Young’s yang. I was just thinking about college assistants, though, when I said that. As it turned out, Mike Young was thinking outside the box.
Young himself told Mark Berman of The Roanoke Times that the idea to hire Mike Jones away from DeMatha was “out of left field.” It certainly was that. On paper, this is a brilliant hire. Jones is regarded as a very good basketball coach, a good player developer, and his recruiting ties to the DC/Maryland/NOVA region (which we’ll call the DMV for the remainder of this article) will be invaluable to the program, not to mention the fact that he is acquainted with some of the nation’s top prospects from working with Team USA basketball over the years (he was set to be the U16 head coach this year until he accepted the VT job).
There are a lot of different things to think about when hiring an assistant coach, particularly when he’s the No. 2 man with the title of Associate...
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