What’s been the status quo inside the Arkansas basketball program for around a month now was finally announced publicly on Wednesday.
Razorback head coach Mike Anderson announced a shuffle of his staff with Scotty Thurman being elevated to a full-time assistant, Matt Zimmerman moving into the Director of Operations position and Jeff Daniels taking over for Thurman as the Director of Student Development.
“This is an opportunity for us to take full advantage of the strengths we have within our staff and restructure some duties,” Anderson said. “We have talented individuals within our program and I’m looking forward to maximizing their potential moving forward.”
Thurman – whose shot lifted Arkansas to its only national championship in 1994 and who played professionally overseas for 11 years - joins Melvin Watkins and T.J. Cleveland as full-time assistants and has been on the recruiting trail for the last month.
He made the initial contact with Indiana prep star Brachen Hazen (6-8, 200), the latest of six Arkansas signees in the 2016 class.
“He’s a great guy that is very easy to relate to,” Hazen noted. “He’s obviously played the game at a high level and that gives him a lot of credibility.”
Former Little Rock Parkview star Daryl Macon, who recently completed his second Junior College All-American season at Holmes, Miss., Community College, is also a big fan of Thurman.
“He’s one of the guys that took Arkansas to the top when he was there and it will be great to have that knowledge around us as we try to take the program back to those same heights,” Macon said.
Zimmerman, who has been on Anderson’s staff for the last 14 years and has been a 20-year-old high school and college coach, moves from a full-time assistant to the Director of Operations post.
That includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program, including the budget, team travel and summer camps.