Mitchell adds new assistant

Kentucky announced Monday that former Dayton assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou has joined Matthew Mitchell's coaching staff at UK.

Amadou, a native of Paris, France, spent the last four seasons on the Dayton staff, where he worked primarily with post players and was a key figure in scouting and recruiting for the Flyers.

"We are so thrilled a person of his caliber has joined our staff," Mitchell said in a statement released by UK. "He's a person of great integrity and has incredible work ethic. He's made an immediate impact on our program and he will continue to make major contributions to UK Hoops.

"What I've been most impressed with is his player acumen. He has great ability to forge relationships and help players get better. When you have a program that has been in the upper echelon and aspires to be the best program in the country, it needs coaches to help players get better and I feel like he's going to do a great job. He will help us move forward in so many areas."

During his time with the Flyers, Amadou (whose full name is pronounced AD-knee AHM-uh-doo) helped the program win back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular season championships. Dayton played in its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament this season and went 28-3 in 2012-13 before falling to UK 84-70 in the second round of the tourney.

One of Amadou's star players, junior forward Ally Malott, was named a first-team A-10 performer.

Amadou played at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and led his team in offensive rebounding his senior year.

He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from IUP and received a master's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. He is also currently pursuing his Ph.D. in mass communication from the Newhouse School.

"I am humbled to be here at the University of Kentucky and honored to work for Coach Mitchell," Amadou said. "I think Kentucky is a special, special place. Both the women's basketball program and the institution in general have developed a culture and an environment that yields a deep sense of community.

"In Coach Mitchell I have found someone who believes in the core values that have ruled my entire life. I look forward to working with this championship-driven staff and I am thrilled to be a part of the Big Blue Nation."

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