By Dalton Ray —

Just before the start of the 2017-18 season, interim men’s basketball coach David Padgett has extended his coaching staff. Padgett has named Greg Paulus and RJ Evans as assistant coaches.

Paulus was a four-year player at Duke and a two-time captain. Paulus has spent the last seven seasons as an assistant for Navy and Ohio State. Padgett calls him a valuable addition.

“He will bring a wealth of knowledge from many levels to our program and specifically to our players, especially his experiences within the ACC. He obviously had a stellar playing career in both basketball and football, all of which is a great asset to our players,” Padgett said.

Paulus was at Ohio State from 2013-17 and was named as one of the nation’s top upcoming young coaches.

During his time at Duke, Paulus started three seasons and helped the Blue Devils to three ACC championships. After his time at Duke, Paulus went to Syracuse for grad school and started as their quarterback on the football team.

Evans joined the staff in May as program assistant after serving two years at Texas under Shaka Smart. Padgett said Evans’ experience playing at a high level will benefit the team.

“RJ has accumulated significant experience at his multiple stops, all which will be a great benefit to our players,” Padgett said. “He has built a great rapport with our players and has earned their respect.”

Evans played College of Holy Cross for three years, totaling over 1,200 career points. He played his final year at Connecticut in 2012-13.

Before his time with Texas, Evans coached at Nichols College.

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