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King Rice, the Vanderbilt assistant and former North Carolina point guard, appears to be the leader at Monmouth and could be introduced as the next coach this week.
“I’ve been on campus but I have not been on campus today [Monday],” Rice told Tony Graham of The Hawks Nest by phone. “I’m trying hard to get the [Monmouth] job, that’s the information I’ve got. I have to run, I have to get to a meeting. Hopefully, I’ll get to talk to you soon.”
A former assistant at Oregon, Illinois State and Providence, Rice was a finalist for the Wagner job last year, along with Texas A&M associate head coach Scott Spinelli and Dan Hurley, who ultimately got the job and led a dramatic turnaround.
NEWARK — In the fall of 2009, UConn coach Jim Calhoun and his staff were on the hunt for an elite guard to pair with Kemba Walker in the backcourt.
Jerome Dyson would be leaving in the spring of 2010 and the Huskies pursued several of the top point guards in the Class of 2010.
Among the guards who visited the Storrs campus that fall were Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb.
“UConn was probably one of my favorite schools growing up as a kid, watching all the greats that went to UConn,” Knight said Sunday after scoring a game-high 22 points as Kentucky beat North Carolina, 76-69, in the East Regional final at The Prudential Center.