BENNIE SELTZER (Samford University photo)

WSU great Bennie Seltzer spotted in Pullman; in line to join Ernie Kent's staff?

BENNIE SELTZER, one of the great point guards in Washington State basketball history, was spotted on the WSU campus today, according to multiple reliable sources. That is notable because Seltzer has built a sterling college coaching resume over the last two decades and Cougar head man Ernie Kent has a spot open on his staff to fill.

One of the sources said Seltzer, currently an assistant at Loyola Chicago, is the leading candidate to complete Kent’s coaching staff.

The case for Seltzer is powerful.

He is known as both a strong recruiter and player development guy. He has experience in every aspect of the college game — assistant coach, director of player performance, and head coach (at Samford University in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala.)

Moreover, Seltzer, who is 46, knows first hand what it takes to build a winner at WSU, having served as a critical building block in Kelvin Sampson’s resurrection of the program. Seltzer starred for the Cougars from 1989-93. He is WSU’s all-time leader in assists and ranks in the career top 10 in scoring, steals and three-pointers made. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor in 2015.

Seltzer’s recruiting acumen was on full display at Indiana in Tom Crean’s first four seasons as head coach. Seltzer was instrumental in recruiting players such as Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford who would propel the 2012-13 Hoosiers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

If Seltzer returns to WSU, he would join a staff that includes long-time assistant Curtis Allen and recently hired Seattle high school coaching legend Ed Haskins.


Nine seasons (1997-2006) at Oklahoma as an assistant to Sampson. Sooners averaged 25 wins per season and made eight NCAA Tourney appearances, including a Final Four run.

Six seasons with Crean — two at Marquette and four full at Indiana, plus half of another as director of player performance.

Two seasons (2012-14) has head coach at Samford.

Spent the last three seasons at Loyola Chicago with head coach Porter Moser. The Ramblers beat WSU this past season.

Played four seasons of professional basketball in Europe.



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