Temple to name Rick Brunson assistant coach

Temple to name Rick Brunson assistant coach
June 25, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Rick Brunson played for Temple from 1991 to 1995 before playing for eight different teams in the NBA. (AP)

Former Temple standout and NBA player and coach, Rick Brunson, will join the Owls' men's basketball team as an assistant coach, a source told CSNPhilly.com.

Brunson played for Temple from 1991 to 1995 and played in the NBA for Portland, New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, LA Clippers, Seattle and Houston. He worked as an assistant coach for Denver, Chicago and Charlotte in the NBA and Virginia in the NCAA.

Brunson is expected to take a role as an on-bench coach. NCAA rules allow only three assistants to sit on the bench, which means head coach Fran Dunphy would have to make a change with his staff.

Most notably, Brunson also is the father of Jalen Brunson, who is regarded as the top high school point guard in the U.S. The younger Brunson is considering attending college at Villanova, UConn, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Temple.

However, father and son likely will join forces at Temple. Jalen Brunson is said to be the type of player to rejuvenate the basketball program. 

The Brunsons live in suburban Chicago. Jalen Brunson grew up in South Jersey before moving to Illinois when Rick took the job as assistant coach with the Bulls. The 6-foot-1 Jalen also just finished leading the U.S. to the FIBA Americas under-18 championship, averaging 12 points and 5.6 assists in five games.

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