Reports: UConn assistant Kenya Hunter heading to IU

Archie Miller appears to have found his next assistant coach.

According to multiple reports, Indiana will hire UConn’s Kenya Hunter. He replaces Bruiser Flint, who left to join John Calipari’s staff at Kentucky.

Jon Rothstein was the first to report Miller’s intent to hire Hunter.

Hunter, who spent the last two seasons on Dan Hurley’s staff, has connections to both the Miller family and the Big Ten. Prior to UConn, he spent five years at Nebraska with Tim Miles. He also had previous stops at Georgetown and Xavier — the latter of which came as an assistant to Archie’s brother, Sean.

In three seasons at Xavier, Hunter assisted Sean Miller to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a berth in the 2007 NCAA tournament.

But the connection between Archie Miller and Hunter goes back even further. Hunter was the director of basketball operations at North Carolina State from 2000-04. Miller was a point guard at N.C. State from 1997-2002.

Hunter, who played point guard at Duquesne — where he later coached from 1998-2000 — has a track record of coaching success. He helped UConn land two consecutive top 20 recruiting classes. At Georgetown, he primarily coached big men and mentored future pros in Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe, and Otto Porter.

In his 18-year career, he has been a part of 11 NCAA tournament teams.

When he was hired at UConn in 2018, Hurley raved about Hunter’s “sterling reputation” in the coaching world.

“He was described to me before I met with him as a guy who is going to be a head coach sooner rather than later,” Hurley said, according to the Hartford Courant, “and when I had a chance to meet with him, you could see all the requisite skills — the people skills, recruiting skills, on the court abilities, multi-positional. A strong all-around coach, and that’s what I was looking for, guys who have head coaching ability.”

A native of Arlington, Va., Hunter is considered to have strong recruiting connections on the East Coast. He was recently the point person in UConn’s recruitment of four-star shooting guard Jordan Hawkins, a product of DeMatha Catholic in the Washington D.C. area and the No. 49 player in the 2021 class.

UConn’s current 2021 recruiting class, led by Hawkins, is ranked at No. 6 in the country, including second in the Big East, by 247Sports.

This is the second offseason in a row that Miller has had to replace an assistant coach. Last summer, Mike Roberts, an IU alum and former assistant at UNC-Greensboro, was tabbed to replace Ed Schilling. Tom Ostrom, who coached with Miller at Dayton, is the lone remaining assistant from Miller’s original staff at IU.

Following a 20-12 season that shut down prior to the NCAA tournament, there are high hopes for what the fourth year of Miller’s tenure will bring. IU returns an all-conference big man in sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis. The Hoosiers also add freshman Khristian Lander to a backcourt that already includes veterans Al Durham and Rob Phinisee.

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  1. I really don’t know how effective and impactful Bruiser was for IUBB. But I feel this gent Hunter definitely will, as he sure covers the footprint needed. I think Coach Miller’s last 2 hires really add stronger coaching and recruiting capabilities.

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