Reggie Theus joins Coach Pitino's staff

<b>Reggie Theus Press Conference</b> -- ITV brings you coverage from Reggie Theus' Thursday morning press conference where he was introduced as the newest member of Coach Pitino's coaching staff. Additional coverage coming soon...

Reggie Theus joins Pitino's staff

Reggie Theus was officially announced as the University of Louisville's new assistant basketball coach today at a 10 a.m. press conference in the Brown and Williamson Club at PJCS.  Theus, a 13 year NBA veteran, replaces Mick Cronin, who left in April to take the Head Coaching position at Murray State on Rick Pitino's coaching staff.

"I'm thankful and very appreciative of this opportunity to coach at one of the premier programs in county," said Theus at Thursday mornings news conference. "I look at myself as someone who has great potential [as a coach]."

The first contact between Theus and the Louisville coaching staff was made in April, with Theus initiating the discussions and has continued to be persistant over the past few months.

Head Coach Rick Pitino, during his introduction of Theus as the new assistant, said that Theus reminds him former college and NBA head coach Stu Jackson.

During his 13 year NBA career, Theus was well traveled around the league.  Drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the ninth pick in the 1978 NBA Draft, the 6'7 guard spent  spent 13 years in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic and New Jersey Nets.  Theus was the runner-up for NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1979 to Kansas City's Phil Ford While in Chicago, Theus was selected to the NBA All-Star game in 1981 and 1983.

Theus finished his spectacular NBA ranked 22nd among the league's all-time leading scorers with 19,015 career points.  Always unselfish on the basketball court, Theus also ranked among the NBA's top 20 in career assists, handing out 6,453 dimes in his 13 years in the league.  Theus retired in 1991 with career averages of  18.5 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds.  . Theus ended his professional career in 1992,  playing one year in Italian Professional League before retiring from the sport.

Recently, Theus served as an NBA television analyst for TBS/TNT and was also the co-star on Fox Sports Net's "The Best Damn Sports Show."

Theus has developed numerous AAU contacts and experience along the west coast, which Pitino stated, during the news conference, would help open doors for Cardinal recruiting out west.

Theus played three seasons at UNLV for legendary Head Coach Jerry Tarkanian.  He led the Rebels to the 1977 NCAA Final Four and  scored 1,177 points during his college career.   Theus was honored as a second-team All-America selection as a senior in 1978, averaging 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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