ASU to Hire Thompson As Assistant Head Coach

Former NBA player and Current Yavapai Community College coach Brooks Thompson, has accepted today the assistant head coach job at Arizona State, replacing departed assistant coach Russ Pennell. Thompson told DevilsDigest that was elated to be reunited with his college coach Rob Evans, as well as his Yavapai player and recent Sun Devil signee Bryson Krueger.

"I'm very excited," Thompson told DevilsDigest Monday night. "I have a chance to work with a great coach like Rob Evans, in a great program, and at a school that I love." After exhausting his eligibility with the Cowboys (where he played for two years after transferring from Texas A&M), Thompson went on to play in the NBA for four years for from 1994-98. He played with the Orlando Magic (drafted in the first round at #27), Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Phoenix Suns. He does believe that his NBA experience will be attractive to the players he's coaching because: "The players you coach always want to get to that next level."

The Sun Devils' new assistant coach also served as the Director of Basketball operations at his alma mater, before going to coach the Roughriders at Yavapai (located in Prescott, AZ), where he was named 2002-2003 ACCAC Coach of the Year. Naturally, he's eager to once again coach Bryson Krueger who was a big part of turning around the Yavapai program. "I'm very excited to coach him," said Thompson. "He's a wonderful talent."

Thompson is more than likely to work with the Sun Devil guards. The first-team All-Big Eight possess the Oklahoma State record for most steals in one game (eight), season (99), and a career (169). His feat of scoring 500 points and having 100 assists in a single season still stands today in the Cowboys' record book. His other unbroken feat is with the Orlando Magic for most points in a quarter (21).

Brooks Thompson said that the paperwork signing tomorrow would make his hiring official.

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