Thursday, June 16, 2016

If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Jent Again

English: DeShawn Sims
English: DeShawn Sims (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chris Jent is a familiar face in a familiar place.

It was reported earlier by Mark Titus that the clear replacement for Jeff Boals would be Chris Jent. The assistant coach spot is a very important one and Chris Jent is a perfect choice to help Thad Motta and company get back on track. He already knows the system and will be a great second-in-command again, and this helps get Jent back to a team that has a strong pedigree with winning in it's history.

Jent was last on the Ohio State staff from 2011-2013, and ran the offense very efficiently. His offense boasted 73 points per game and a 47% shooting from the field. When he left the teams numbers dropped 2 points and 2 percentage in made shots. It was a tough loss for the Buckeyes when he left for the NBA.

He had a tough go of things though when he came onto the Sacramento Kings staff. Through no fault of his own the Kings coach was let go after Jent's second season there. This too was Jent's early curtain call with the Kings. Jent then found himself looking for work, and he landed on the Bakersfield Jam as the head coach last year.

Jent has already had quite a storied career. He has been a part of great teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was a favorite on the staff of "The King" Lebron James, the Orlando Magic with Dirk Nowitzki, and the Philadelphia 76s. Before that, he played in several different basketball leagues which includes the CBA, USBL, the International league, and the NBA where he won a championship with the Rockets in 1994.

Jent is an Ohio State alumni who had pretty good numbers during his career there. Over his four years he averaged 8.2 points per game, 3.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and a 41percent shooting from the field. He was a part of three NCAA tournaments and won back-to-back Big 10 conference titles.

He is a breath of fresh air for the coaching staff and players at Ohio State, and can be the rejuvenation of the whole program if things get rolling with the team.

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