College Hoops News: Former NBA guard Chris Duhon hired as Bryant assistant

CBS Sports reported on Monday morning that former point guard Chris Duhon has been hired by the Bryant coaching staff.


According to CBS Sports, Duhon's official title at Bryant will be Director of Scouting & Video Analysis.

Chris Duhon spent nine seasons in the NBA; his final with the Los Angeles Lakers. PIC: Noah Graham, Getty Images


Duhon, a 2004 graduate of Duke, was a standout for the duration of his time as a Blue Devil. He finished his career as the all-time Duke leader in steals (300) and minutes played (over 4,800), and finished at #2 in assists with 819. Duhon & the Blue Devils won a national championship in 2001, alongside future NBA analyst Jason Williams and 2-time All-Star Carlos Boozer; Duke also won three ACC championships in Duhon's four-year career there.


Duhon played a key role after college for the Chicago Bulls, where he averaged nearly 9 points per game in his second season. He went on to play for the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 2013. Duhon then served as an assistant at Marshall, where he helped Dan D'Antoni engineer a rebuild of the Thundering Herd program. His last position was as an assistant coach at Illinois State, from which he resigned in 2019.


"His playing career speaks for itself," said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller after he hired Duhon in 2018. "He is a leader, a teammate, a worker, and a winner. As a coach, Chris helped a tremendous amount with the turnaround at Marshall."


Chris Duhon was plagued by legal troubles throughout his coaching career. He was arrested twice; once for aggravated DUI in 2015, and once for driving on a revoked license in 2017.


Duhon's name recently resurfaced in the college basketball world upon the retiring of longtime Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I think a statue is next," Duhon told TMZ, referring to how the University should honor Coach K. "They already named the court -- the only thing I can think is if they ever think about remodeling Cameron (Indoor Stadium), it would be under his name," he tells us. "That's the only thing I think you could do left. He's accomplished pretty much everything. So, I don't know much more you can do to honor him."


Chris Duhon's addition to the staff has not yet been formally announced by the school, but it should be a bit more clear on what exactly Duhon's day-to-day responsibilities will be. This certainly caps a busy offseason for Bryant head coach Jared Grasso, who added nine players to the roster by way of the transfer market or walk-ons. Grasso also hired Doug Niblock, a youth & development coach in the Long Island area, as his Director of Basketball Innovation & Analytics.

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