Howard grad Ulric Maligi reportedly in mix for Louisville assistant job

Howard grad Ulric Maligi reportedly in mix for Louisville assistant job
April 18, 2014, 10:30 am
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As college basketball's assistant coaching carousel continues to spin, Maryland is likely keeping an eye on what is going on at Louisville.

According to Jeff Borzello of, Howard graduate and current SMU assistant Ulric Maligi is in the mix for the vacant assistant job on coach Rick Pitino's staff. The spot was opened up when assistant Kevin Keatts left to take the head coaching job at UNC Wilmington.

Maligi is a proven recruiter, especially in the state of Texas, who helped SMU make the final cut for Andrew and Aaron Harrison before the two ultimately picked Kentucky in the fall of their senior season. That momentum helped the Mustangs in 2014, with Maligi having a hand in landing top-five prospect Emmanuel Mudiay, an ultra-skilled, 6-5 guard from Dallas.

But how does that affect Maryland?

Maryland's top target to replace assistant Scott Spinelli, who left to take the same position at Boston College, is Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson. Johnson has become a top target for a number of programs, namely Louisville. It's clear that Pitino wants to add a top-tier recruiter, which Johnson and Maligi both are.

If it comes to be that Maligi is hired at Louisville, it would help Maryland's chances of landing Johnson if he decides to leave Indiana. The Cardinals have emerged alongside the Terrapins as the two most likely destinations for the Maryland native if a move were to take place.

But Indiana isn't going to let Johnson walk without a fight. According to the Indianapolis Star, the Hoosiers are prepared to "commit extra resources to matching a rival offer" and keep him in Bloomington.

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