Earlier this week the Brooklyn Nets announced that former University of Colorado and NBA player Jay Humphries had been added to the team's coaching staff.
A point guard for the Buffs for the 1981-1984 seasons, Humphries is the school's all-time leader in both career assists and career steals, totaling 562 helpers and 309 thefts during his time in black and gold. He led the nation in steals during the 1982-83 season with 115, and ranked fourth in school history in all-time scoring upon his departure from CU.
Humphries was drafted 13th overall by the Suns in 1984 and went on to average 11.1 points and 5.5 assists over the course of an 11-year career. Since his retirement as a player he has served as a coach in the Chinese Basketball Association, the Korean Basketball League, the NBA and the NBA's Development League. While he will have multiple responsibilites as an assistant to Lionel Hollins, his concentration will likely be in player development.
"When I was in China, (Hollins) was in Memphis and I've known him over the years," Humphries said. "Every year I'd come back and work with NBA teams and do summer leagues and training camps, for the last six or seven years. He respected my work ethic and he wanted to give me a shot."
After heading the Foshan Longlions of the CBA during the 2011-12 season, Humphries returned stateside to work with the Grizzlies' summer league team. Since then he has worked as a private coach in Colorado, but has long relished an opportunity to return to the NBA level.
"This is what I wanted to do," Humphries said. "I got kind of burnt out a little going across the water. This past season I did a lot of work with younger kids in the Parker and Denver area just looking for the right chance."
Humphries served in a similar role during 2007-2008 season, when he was responsible for player development for the Phoenix Suns and head coach Mike D'Antoni.
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