Coach With A Sweet Stroke

By Rhiannon Potkey - October 17, 2007


LITTLETON, Colo. -- Some current players aren't aware of NCAA history, but J.R. Giddens and Darren Prentice knew plenty about their new coach before he arrived at New Mexico.

They didn't need to Google the name when Steve Alford accepted the job.

They knew Alford starred at the University of Indiana under coach Bob Knight and led the Hoosiers to a title.
"He is a legend," Prentice said.

"We knew that he could shoot and he is a bad dude," Giddens said, meaning bad as a compliment.

Giddens and Prentice said Alford hasn't participated in drills with the team, but displayed his skills in camp.

"He has very, very nice handles and his jumper - I have never seen anyone better in my life shoot that good," Giddens said.

Prentice said having a coach who played the same position has been invaluable.

"He is passing his knowledge of the game to us and it is only making us better," he said.

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Short shots:

- If you are looking for a semi-sleeper in the conference race, San Diego State head coach suggets Utah. "Jim Boylen inherited a team that is a heck of a lot better than an average fan would say," Fisher said.

- BYU coach Dave Rose and new Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer spent four seasons together coaching at BYU, and Schroyer calls Rose his best friend in the profession. "I wish him nothing but the best except a couple times a year," Schroyer said.

Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 08:02 PM on October 17, 2007
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