The shuffling of the LSU men’s basketball coaching staff will last a little while longer for Tigers coach Johnny Jones.
Former LSU assistant John Treloar, who was named associate coach by Jones on April 15 and was supposed to start work on Wednesday, had a change of heart and won’t be joining the Tigers’ staff after all.
Treloar, the director of player personnel for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns since 2010, had an agreement to join the LSU staff after his obligation to the Suns was completed with the draft last Thursday.
But Jones said Wednesday morning that Treloar, who was to begin his second stint on the LSU staff, texted him Friday with concerns about the contract he agreed on in April but hadn’t signed.
“I pointed him in the right direction to athletic department officials,” Jones said. “On Monday, I was made aware of some other things that had transpired, and Tuesday he confirmed that he made a decision to do what he thought was best for him and his family.”
It’s believed that Treloar has interest in another NBA job with the Atlanta Hawks. Attempts to reach Treloar by phone were unsuccessful.
Treloar’s picture and bio had been posted along with the other members of Jones’ staff on the school’s Website for the last couple of months, but it was removed early Wednesday morning.
A former assistant coach under John Brady from 2004 to 2008, Treloar was returning to replace Eric Musselman, who resigned a week after last season ended to take the head coaching position at the University of Nevada.
Jones said the timing of Treloar’s about-face was the biggest concern for him considering he had an agreement in place for 2½ months and a recruiting period begins on July 8 and runs through the end of the month.
“Anytime you feel someone is in that position and says what he’s doing is what’s best for them and their family, you have to honor that at the end of the day,” Jones said. “That portion of it you understand.
“But timing is everything,” he said of the upcoming recruiting period. “The good thing is we have a very solid staff in place, people who have done a phenomenal job in their time here.”
Jones has assistant head coach David Patrick and Al Pinkins, who was hired in late April, on staff as well as director of operations Charlie Leonard to help fill the void with recruiting, summer workouts and an exhibition tour of Australia that begins in mid-August.
Leonard was an assistant coach the last three seasons at LSU, but recently slid into the role of director of operations when Tom Kelsey left to move with his family to Nashville, Tennessee.
“With the addition of coach Pinkins, we have people that are qualified (recruiters) and have been a part of some very successful basketball seasons,” Jones said. “We have three of them here.”
Jones said he won’t rush to replace Treloar and noted there will be a lot of interest in the position, much like there was when Musselman departed.
He also said there were no hard feelings over the situation.
“I spoke with (Treloar), and at the end of the conversation, I knew where our commitment has been for the last several months,” Jones said. “When something like that happens, you just move on.”
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