It’s no secret that the Arizona Wildcats plan to hire Jason Terry to fill their assistant coaching vacancy, but now we have some clarity as to when the move will be made official.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting that Arizona is expected to announce Terry’s hiring on Thursday. The 42-year-old is replacing Justin Gainey, who left to become the new associate head coach at Marquette.
19-year NBA veteran and former Wildcat Jason Terry has accepted assistant coaching job at Arizona, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Terry departs Mavs, where he's been assistant GM of Texas Legends. Announcement expected Thursday.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 28, 2020
Terry, who played at Arizona from 1995-99 and was a key member of the 1997 national championship team, does not have any college coaching experience, but his connections on the West Coast (he’s also a legend in Seattle), stardom as an NBA player, and storied history with the Wildcats could make him a valuable asset to Arizona’s coaching staff.
Only a couple years removed from the NBA, Terry should be able to relate to players and recruits as well. After retiring after the 2017-18 season, his 19th in the NBA, Terry served as the assistant general manager of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate, and coached girls basketball at the AAU level.
Best known as a microwave scorer, Terry won a championship with the Mavericks in 2011 and was the Sixth Man of the Year with them in 2008-09, a role he mastered throughout his career, showing the kind of selflessness that college players can learn from.