Murdock to Join Rice's Staff

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice made a significant addition to his staff by hiring Eric Murdock as the director of player development, sources told The move gives the Scarlet Knights' staff a distinct NBA flavor, and allows Murdock to head to the school near his hometown of Brigewater, N.J.

Two decades after leaving New Jersey to play his college basketball at Providence, former Bridgewater-Raritan High standout Eric Murdock is moving to Rutgers.

Murdock will be named the Scarlet Knights' director of player development within the next week, sources told

The 42-year-old Murdock is a key addition to coach Mike Rice's staff. Although he will not be on the recruiting trail off campus, he brings an NBA presence to the staff.

Murdock set the NCAA record for career steals with 376, and scored 2,021 points in his four-year career with the Friars.

He was a first-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz in 1991, and played 11 seasons with eight teams in the NBA. He averaged 10.1 points per game in his career, including a career-high 15.3 points per game with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1993-94 season.

At Rutgers, Murdock joins a staff that includes associate head coach David Cox and assistants Jimmy Martelli and Van Macon. Jim Carr was retained from former coach Fred Hill's staff as an administrative assistant.

Murdock is not expected to be announced until next week.

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