For the second year in a row, LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones will have to fill multiple spots on his coaching staff going into the 2016-17 season.
Ronald Dupree, a former LSU standout and a member of Jones’ staff the past two seasons, will join the staff of Nevada coach Eric Musselman. The school announced Dupree’s hiring Friday.
This season, Dupree, who played parts of six seasons in the NBA and three more years in the D-League, served in the newly created full-time position of director of student-athlete development after being a student assistant the previous year.
Musselman, who also hired former Cal assistant Yann Hufnagel on Friday, was a member of Jones’ staff in the 2014-15 season, when Dupree returned to LSU to complete his work on an engineering degree.
Musselman took the Nevada job a year ago and turned a nine-win team into a 24-game winner. The Wolf Pack also claimed the title in the College Basketball Insider tournament last month.
“Having spent time around Ronald, he’s a great mentor to student-athletes, both on the floor and academically,” Musselman said in the news release. “He provides great energy in practice, specifically with individual instruction.
“With his professional career, he has a wealth of experience that can translate to our players. Having spent time in Reno previously, he’s excited to get back. He a great fit for our program and community.”
Dupree’s departure came a week after assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator David Patrick left LSU to take a job on the staff of new TCU coach Jamie Dixon.
A year ago, Jones had to replace Musselman, when he took the Nevada job, and director of basketball operations Tom Kelsey. Charlie Leonard moved into Kelsey’s old job, and Al Pinkins replaced Leonard.
Jones initially hired John Treloar to take Musselman’s spot on the staff, but Treloar decided to remain in the NBA before coming to LSU. Jones eventually hired Brendan Suhr.