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4 College Basketball Assistant Coaches Worthy Of A Head Coaching Gig?

If you like to make betting plays on college basketball when you engage in sports betting online, you need to know that head coaches aren’t flying solo. They have help from their assistants. There are plenty of assistant coaches ready to make the move up the ladder to a head coaching gig. Here are four of them.

In an article from May of last year, ESPN’s Myron Medcalf laid out the case for four assistants, and those four men are still at their schools:

“Orlando Antigua (Kentucky): The former Pitt standout helped John Calipari sign another top-ranked recruiting class. He’s also assisted Calipari in developing the young prodigies who have come to Lexington. After Kentucky won the national title in April, Antigua was a candidate for multiple jobs, including Duquesne. It’s just a matter of time before he’s leading his own show. He turns 40 next year.

“Travis Steele (Xavier): Xavier has produced some of the top coaches in the country (Skip Prosser, Sean Miller, Thad Matta, John Groce). Current coach Chris Mack says assistant Steele, 27, is next in line. The Butler graduate has been on Mack’s staff for the past three seasons. Mack says Steele, who has helped develop and recruit the players who have led Xavier to four Sweet 16 appearances in five seasons, is “3-4 years” away from a head-coaching gig.

“Tim Fuller (Missouri): When opposing coaches say you’re on the rise, that means something. Fuller has amassed a solid reputation in coaching circles. After just a season with the Tigers, Frank Haith promoted Fuller to associate head coach. Fuller, who played at Wake Forest from 1997-2000, is just 34. But his stock is rising fast.

“Steve Wojciechowski (Duke):The 35-year-old might be Coach K’s heir after a lengthy stint as one of his top assistants. He started out as an assistant in 1999 but was promoted to associate head coach in 2008. ‘Wojo’ was known for slapping the floor on defense during his playing career and he’s equally passionate on the sidelines for the Blue Devils, who have won two national titles during his tenure.”

College basketball fans who follow the sport regularly – but not quite with maniacal devotion on a daily basis – would probably recognize Antigua and Wojciechowski. They might not recognize Steele or Fuller. Here’s an extra bit of background on fuller from a story in the Columbia (Mo.) Tribune by Steve Walentik from May 10 of this year:

“Tim Fuller is as close to a star as one can be in the relatively anonymous role of college basketball assistant coach. The 33-year-old Fuller picked up the nickname ‘Prime Time Tim’ during his only season on the bench at Louisville, where he helped Rick Pitino assemble one of the nation’s top-10 recruiting classes. It was that track record on the recruiting trail that helped ease the minds of some Missouri fans who greeted Frank Haith’s hiring with skepticism based on his losing conference record at Miami.

“As he did at Louisville, Fuller has quickly helped Missouri get in the door of some of the country’s elite prospects, players such as Winston Shepard and Negus-Webster Chan, both ranked among the top 130 players in the 2012 recruiting class.Haith and his staff have yet to sign anybody, but they did score their first verbal commitment from 2013 prospect Tyrek Coger, whom Fuller met while recruiting his teammate Rodney Purvis, the seventh-ranked player in the 2012 class, while at Louisville.”

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Rick Tildor always enjoys sharing his insights about sports betting across the network of blogs he contributes too. He is always sports betting online at his favorite sites and highly recommends you check out Betonline.ag’s sports book for the best in-game betting spreads.

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