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With Final Four coaches Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan off to the NBA, a trend is forming.
Fred Hoiberg also left his alma mater Iowa State for the Chicago Bulls gig.
Can that trend of college basketball coaches to the NBA include Sean Miller?
I don’t see it because Miller was brought up on basketball X’s and O’s by his father John, a former legendary high school coach. The Millers, including brother Archie at Dayton, are teachers of the game.
Whereas the college game has coaches as its stars, the NBA is a player’s league. The coaches at that level are more “managers” than coaches. The fiery Miller could succeed at the next level but would he be happy there?
Bleacher Report ran an article this week that lists Miller as one of five college basketball coaches who may be auditioning for an NBA job this season.
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report writes: “Miller hasn’t expressed any specific interest in making the jump, but for a general manager looking to inject his locker room and huddle with youth and energy, he seems like an obvious candidate.”
Other coaches mentioned are Bill Self of Kansas, Tony Bennett of Virginia, former NBA player Kevin Ollie of Connecticut, and another former NBA player, Larry Krystkowiak of Utah.
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