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IU to retain Kenya Hunter as assistant coach

Mike Woodson will retain at least one person from the Archie Miller era.

Kenya Hunter will stay on with IU, he confirmed with The Daily Hoosier.  Jeff Rabjohns of 247Sports appears to have reported the news first.

Hunter was hired by Archie Miller in August to replace Bruiser Flint.  A native of Arlington, Va., he has strong recruiting ties to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and has Indiana involved with several key targets in the class of 2022.  Along with fellow assistant coach Mike Roberts, Hunter was retained by AD Scott Dolson as part of a transition team after Miller was fired.

Sources told The Daily Hoosier that Hunter had continued to be active as a recruiter for Indiana after Miller was fired.  He is the lead on several top class of 2022 targets including Tyrell Ward, Tyler Nickel, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Favour Aire, Justin Taylor, Masai Troutman and Rodney Rice.

Hunter arrived at IU after two seasons at UConn under head coach Dan Hurley.  He was on the opposing bench when Indiana defeated the Huskies at the Jimmy V Classic in December, 2019.

Hunter has worked primarily with UConn’s big men during his time in Storrs.  He helped sophomore center Josh Carlton earn the American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player Award for 2018-19, and developed freshman Akok Akok into one of the nation’s leading shot blockers last season.  UConn landed back-to-back top-20 recruiting classes with Hunter on the staff.

Hunter also arrived with experience in the Big Ten, coaching under Tim Miles at Nebraska from 2013 to 2018.  He worked there with fellow assistant and IU alumnus Michael Lewis, who is also thought to be a candidate to join Woodson’s staff at Indiana.

Hunter’s stint in Lincoln followed extensive coaching experiences at Georgetown, Xavier and Duquesne, as well as basketball administrative experience at North Carolina State.

As a player, Hunter was a four-year point guard at Duquesne in Pittsburgh.

HUNTER’S COACHING TIMELINE

(assistant coach unless otherwise noted)

Indiana:  2020-21

UConn:  2018 to 2020

Nebraska:  2013 to 2018

Georgetown: 2007 to 2013

Xavier: 2004 to 2007

N.C. State:  2000 to 2004 (Director of Basketball operations)

Duquesne:  1998 to 2000


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