Lindsey Hunter, a former NBA player, has been hired by the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils to be the school’s new head basketball coach.
Yes, this is a real program.
Jokes aside, we digress.
“I am elated to welcome Coach Lindsey Hunter and his family back to the Oasis of the Mississippi Delta and the SWAC,” said Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee in a statement. “I am excited about his energy, vision, and most importantly the impact he will have on our program.”
Hunter, who takes over for Andre Payne, played in 17 NBA seasons for the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls.
He has his job cut out for him. The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils had a 6-26 record last season, only winning four games in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
It’s worth noting that Lindsey Hunter had a stint as interim head coach for the Phoenix Suns before joining the Golden State Warriors as an assistant.
“I look forward to Coach Hunter joining us here at MVSU,” said Dr. Jerryl Briggs, President, Mississippi Valley State University. “His wealth of experience as a player and coach is vital and will definitely assist the continued growth for our men’s basketball program. We are surely keeping Valley in Motion!”
This is certainly a journey worth following, as a new trend in college hoops has been to hire guys with a history more connected to the NBA than the amateur ranks.
The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils haven’t had at least 10 victories in a single campaign since the 2011-12 season. The school has made five trips to the NCAA Tournament.
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