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Buffaloes hire Arizona State’s Anthony Coleman as assistant coach

Coleman replaces Kim English.

A week after Colorado Buffaloes assistant coach Kim English left for the Tennessee Volunteers, Tad Boyle has found his replacement. That would be Anthony Coleman, who was hired away from the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Coleman is known first and foremost for his recruiting ability. People close to ASU said that he seems like one of those guys who knows everyone. He most notably brought Luguentz Dort to Tempe, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year who may be a one-and-done, and transfer Romello White, who likes to dunk and scream. Considering English was CU’s most active coach on the recruiting trail, Coleman’s skill set is needed to round out the staff.

Coleman is from Compton, California and has West Coast roots. He previously played college basketball at Long Beach State, played in the G-League in California and was the director of basketball operations at USC. Between leaving USC in 2013 and being hired by ASU in 2016, he worked with Adidas, which helps with his connections. (CU doesn’t have bag men — CU administration would kill for generous boosters — so don’t worry about Adidas being investigated by the FBI.)

It’s not clear what Coleman will go in terms of player development, but he’s a superb recruiter with connections upon connections. Even if he’s not a former NBA player who’s destined to be a head coach, Coleman is a great replacement for English. Hopefully this also stokes the ASU rivalry some, or at least causes Bobby Hurley some stress.