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Former Arizona Wildcats player Brase, Olson’s grandson, earns NBA D-League coaching honor


Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Matt Brase, a former Arizona basketball player who is Lute Olson’s grandson, Thursday was named the NBA Development League Coach of the Month for games played in February.

Brase guided Rio Grande Valley to a 6-2 record for the month, with four wins coming on the road. Under Brase, the team scored a league-best 120.6 points per game and boasted the second-highest net rating with 7.1 in February. Former Arizona standout and graduate assistant Joseph Blair is an assistant coach on Brase’s staff.

Brase is in his second season as head coach after leading the Vipers to a 29-21 record and a playoff appearance in 2015-16. Brase previously served as an assistant coach for the Vipers during the 2012-13 season and rejoined Rio Grande Valley after two seasons as Director of Player Development for the Houston Rockets.

Other coaches who received consideration for the monthly award were Northern Arizona’s Ty Ellis, Raptors 905’s Jerry Stackhouse and Texas’ Bob MacKinnon.


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