Candidate could be closing in for CU Buffs men’s hoops assistant

Less than 30 hours after saying “there’s one guy that I’d really, really like to get and I’m zeroed in on,” Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle may have found his guy in the search for a new Buffaloes assistant coach.

On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman released a tweet stating the Buffs have “hired Tulsa assistant Kim English.”


Beyond stating the news of an official hiring remains premature, Boyle said only, “We’re looking for the best assistant coach for the University of Colorado. That process is still ongoing.”

Boyle also reiterated he still does not believe any official announcement will be made before his team departs for a four-game exhibition trip through Italy on Monday.

English has spent the past three seasons on the men’s basketball staff at the University of Tulsa, serving the previous two years as an assistant coach following one season as the program’s director of player development.

English played four seasons at Missouri, leading the Tigers to the 2012 Big 12 Conference tournament title while getting named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He was selected in the second round of the 2012 by Detroit and played 41 games with the Pistons during the 2012-13 season. His professional playing career included stops in Italy, France, and Venezuela before he turned to coaching.

Boyle is attempting to quickly fill the void left by the departure of associate head coach Jean Prioleau, who on Friday was named the new head coach at San Jose State University.

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