Connecticut formally announced the return of former Husky guard Ricky Moore to the program on Friday, as he was named the director of basketball administration.
Moore, who was an assistant on Paul Cormier’s staff at Dartmouth the last two seasons, returns to the school that he helped lead to its first national title in 1999.
“I’m thrilled to be able to have Ricky join our staff,” head coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement announcing the move. “With his high character and strong basketball background, especially with his ties to UConn, he will be a perfect addition to help us maintain the success we have achieved.
“Ricky’s unselfishness as a player epitomizes the kind of attitude we are looking for from our student-athletes and from everybody associated with our program. I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him back to the Husky family.”
Moore didn’t have the highest averages during his playing career in Storrs, averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 assists per contest in four seasons.
But he was a team leader during his time on campus, and the tenacious defender was named to the school’s All-Century Team in 2001.
Moore won’t be able to coach in this position, but Coach Ollie gains another staff member who played a role in the growth of the program.
That certainly can’t hurt matters as UConn looks to navigate the first year post-Jim Calhoun.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.