McCray hire checks out for Jones, LSU

Johnny Jones officially named former UCLA assistant Korey McCray to his LSU basketball staff on Tuesday. TSD's Ben Love writes that McCray is just what the Tigers' staff needed.

A little patience, coupled with an ability to redirect, went a long way for Johnny Jones as he backfilled an assistant coach position for LSU vacated when Robert Kirby left for Memphis three weeks ago.

Almost two weeks into the search, the name that had floated to the top was Texas A&M assistant and Louisiana native Glynn Cyprien. Jones even reportedly hosted Cyprien on campus the weekend of LSU baseball regional play, but the two sides weren't able to come to an agreement.

Having to move on and move quickly, given how important this time of year is in recruiting, Jones put his foot in the ground and went another direction, setting his sights on Korey McCray, a former UCLA assistant for two years under Ben Howland.

Of course, it should be noted that in his brief tenure leading the LSU program, Jones already had experience in starting anew when it came to adding a staff member. He was forced to redirect less than two months into taking the LSU job when assistant Shawn Forrest, who Jones brought over from North Texas, parted ways with the program after it was discovered he had falsified information on his resume.

Jones, dealing with his first truly difficult situation on the job, came up smelling like a rose when he landed David Patrick as Forrest's replacement in June 2012.

Fast-forward to today, and Jones has turned the trick once more, bouncing back from a fruitless flirtation with Cyprien by hiring the connected McCray, someone most basketball insiders would esteem higher than Cyprien anyway.

In McCray, 34, Jones and LSU are getting a candidate who checked many of the boxes when it came to criteria for the opening. Included in the link below are the five most important areas where McCray fits what the Tigers needed.

McCray hire checks out for Jones, LSU

Tiger Blitz Top Stories