Reggie Theus to be named new BBall assistant

<b>NEW BASKETBALL ASSISTANT</b> -- As first reported by ITV earlier this week, Reggie Theus, the former UNLV and NBA star, will be announced as Coach Pitino's new assistant at a Thursday morning press conference.

Theus to be named assistant coach

As first reported by earlier this week, Reggie Theus, the former UNLV and NBA star, will be named the new assistant basketball coach at the University of Louisville at a possible Thursday morning press conference.

Theus with Tark at UNLV 

Theus, who is flying into Louisville this evening, played 3 seasons at UNLV for legendary Head Coach Jerry Tarkanian and led the Rebels to the 1977 NCAA Final Four.  In three seasons at UNLV, Theus established himself as one of the nation's top all around players, averaging 18.9 points in 1978.  The 6'7 Theus was drafted with the ninth selection of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Theus, who served a stint as a broadcaster for TNT's NBA coverage during the 1990's, served last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Division II Cal State L.A.  He also gained experience working with the Philadelphia 76ers under Larry Brown during the 2000 veterans camp and also spent time as an instructor at the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago. Recently, Theus served as an instructor at the 2003 adidas ABCD high school and college player camp in Teaneck, NJ.

Theus' experience, presence and contacts within basketball circles make him an intriguing prospect to become an excellent understudy on a big time college bench like UofL.

"Any time you see a point guard like Reggie who was very vocal out there on the court, with great leadership qualities, you could see him eventually being a coach," said New Jersey Nets Head Coach Byron Scott. "He had a leadership mentality that you can imagine he'd carry on with any coaching duties."


Stay tuned to ITV for further details about Theus' hiring.....

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