UNLV legend and current assistant coach Stacey Augmon’s presence within the program over the last year has been key in landing some of the elite-level talent set to take Rebel basketball to a level it hasn’t been to in more than two decades.
Will he be around to see it through?
According to the Associated Press, Augmon recently interviewed for a spot on the staff of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, who recently hired St. John’s associate head coach Mike Dunlap as its new head coach. Dunlap was one of four finalists for the UNLV job that was eventually given to Dave Rice in April 2011.
Augmon, a 15-year NBA veteran, played for the Charlotte Hornets in the 2001-02 season, and has experience in the NBA, having worked for the Denver Nuggets for a handful of seasons before coming back to his alma mater to join Rice’s staff. It was in Denver where Augmon was on the same staff as Dunlap, along with Augmon’s mentor — former long-time UNLV assistant Tim Grgurich. Grgurich is known in NBA circles as one of the true player development gurus of the last two decades, and he took Augmon under his wings a few years back, teaching him the tools of the coaching trade.
If Augmon does bolt to go back to the NBA ranks, Rice would likely look to fill his spot with an assistant who knows how to not only recruit the West Coast, but also develop big men.
Last season, Charlotte set an NBA record for futility with a winning percentage of just .106 (7-59). In a move that surprised few, coach Paul Silas was fired at season’s end.