Pelphrey: Evans A Good Fit For NMSU

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey thought he had finalized his coaching staff in early May, but it turns out he may have more work to do.

Pelphrey lost one member of his coaching staff earlier this month, and there is a strong possibility that assistant coach Rob Evans could leave soon to accept the head coaching job at New Mexico State.
Evans has expressed interest in the coaching vacancy at NMSU, which came open when former coach Reggie Theus left earlier this week to take over the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
Evans, who joined Pelphrey's staff at Arkansas on April 19, played at NMSU and got his coaching career started as an Aggies assistant for Lou Henson from 1969-75.
"It's his alma mater. I think Coach Evans is phenomenal," Pelphrey said Thursday afternoon. "I think if (NMSU) didn't hire him, they'd be making a huge mistake."
Pelphrey said the NMSU job would be a good one for Evans, who has head coaching experience during his time at Ole Miss (1993-98) and Arizona State (1999-2006). Evans is also a Hobbs, N.M., resident.
"I think it's a very good job," Pelphrey said.
Pelprhey is already looking for a new director of basketball operations after Matt Figger, who briefly held the position at Arkansas, was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State.

Not Allowed To Watch Because of NCAA rules, Pelphrey wasn't allowed to watch Thursday night as three of his future players competed in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game in Bud Walton Arena.
Springdale Har-Ber teammates Michael Sanchez and Nate Rakestraw suited up for the West team, while Forrest Cit'y's Marcus Britt played for the East squad. All three have signed to play for the Razorbacks next season.
"It's a special thing for those guys," Pelphrey said.

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