The UB Bulls replace one NBA vet with another NBA vet
The UB Bulls lost former NBA veteran and assistant coach Donyell Marshall when he took over as head coach for Central Connecticut State in April. Now, head coach Nate Oats has replaced him with another NBA veteran, former Detroit Piston, Lindsay Hunter. Hunter spent 17 years in the NBA as a player and another two years as a coach in the league, including as interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
“We are excited to have Lindsey join our staff,” said Oats. “He has a tremendous background as both a player and coach and he has won multiple NBA Titles. As a player, Lindsey worked his way into the league and played 17 years, so he can relate to our guys. He has been a head coach and an assistant in the league as well and will bring tremendous basketball knowledge. I can’t wait for him to come in and work with our guys, especially our guards.”
In 2012, Hunter was hired by the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach for player development. After a coaching change during the 2012-13 season, Hunter was named interim head coach of the Suns in a somewhat surprising move, leading Phoenix for 41 games. He then took over as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors during the 2013-14 season.
This is a solid hire for a UB Bulls squad that has made the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. Hunter brings them a proven professional voice that knows how to make it in the NBA. Hunter went to college at a small-school in a lower-level conference, Jackson State where he averaged 26.7 points per game as a senior and he was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.