Former NBA All-Star Adrian Dantley, who knows Towson State coach Terry Truax from their days together at DeMatha High, has been named an assistant basketball coach at Towson State.
Dantley, 38, lives in Silver Spring. He retired last year after a 15-year NBA career with seven teams. He finished with 23,233 points, ninth on the league all-time scoring list.
"I'm looking forward to learning about the college game administratively, to keeping the ballplayers mentally and physically ready, and to helping Terry Truax," Dantley said last night. "I had all year to think about it [coaching], and I've had a chance to rest. . . . I wanted to stay in the area so I could be home with my kids [Cameron, 6, and Kalani, 5].
"I know the game pretty well, but I'm really a pro guy, so the college game will be an adjustment. I'll have to get used to things like the zones and more time on the [shot] clock, but I think I can teach them a few tricks."
Truax was an assistant to Morgan Wootten at DeMatha in 1969-70, during Dantley's career with the Stags.
"We had a really quality pool of candidates, and I feel very comfortable with Adrian," Truax said. "I've known a lot about his work ethic, academically and athletically. He got his economics degree in 3 1/2 years . . . and it's amazing what he's accomplished in the NBA. He's very dedicated to his family. I think he'll parlay that into the way he communicates with younger players, both as a coach and as a recruiter."
Dantley went from DeMatha to All-American at Notre Dame from 1973-76. He played for the Buffalo Braves, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks. He played in six NBA All-Star Games and won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.
Dantley replaces Adrian Walters, who resigned to accept a similar position at Southern Cal.