We knew it would come sooner or later. Unfortunately for Aggie hoop fans it came sooner as Reggie Theus will move on to Sacramento to coach the Kings.
What are your thoughts? Me, well, I’m surprised. I didn’t think he would get offered the job. And I really don’t know what he will do on the NBA level. He’ll be able to relate to the players. But from an X’s and O’s standpoint he could get into trouble. Pro basketball is all about in-game adjustments and Theus will have to play the chess match with some of the best coaches in the world on a nightly basis.
NMSU finds itself in a corner. McKinley Boston will have to bring in a coach who can keep the program moving in the right direction but finding one with Theus’ popularity or appeal is close to impossible. What will it mean to the current roster, the team’s standing in the WAC and the recruits being brought in? Will the fan base suffer? Only time will tell really. And ultimately, it will all be dictated by if the team continues to record victories. Some answers we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks. Others will take months.
As for coaching candidates, Arkansas assistant Rob Evans appears a likely option due to his ties to NMSU. He has former head coaching experience at Ole Miss and Arizona State. Tony Benford, an assistant at Nebraska and a Hobbs native, could also get some consideration. Glynn Cyprien and Ronnie Thompson, son of John Thompson, could also get a look. Obviously a member of the Aggies current assistant staff is always a viable alternative as well. And I’m sure Boston has some tricks up his sleeve, or at least would hope so.
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