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Former UCLA guard and assistant Gerald Madkins takes job in Los Angeles Clippers’ front office

Sep 26, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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Former UCLA assistant and Bruins guard Gerald Madkins has accepted a position in the front office of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to become the Director of Basketball Operations, the team announced Monday.

Madkins played for the Bruins from 1987-92, averaging 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game over the course of his career. During his senior season, UCLA won the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.

He went on to play eight seasons of professional basketball, before turning to coaching in 2000 when he joined the staff at California State University Stanislaus.

He then moved on to UCLA as an assistant from 2001-03 under head coach Steve Lavin.

Since then, he has held different positions at the NBA level, most recently with the New Orleans Hornets as the Vice President of Player Personnel. This past season, he played a role in New Orleans selecting Kentucky standout Anthony Davis with the first pick in the NBA draft.

He has also spent time with the Seattle Supersonics, the Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks.

Madkins was recently in preliminary discussions to replace assistant coach Mike Dunlap at St. John’s, being that he has already served under Lavin at UCLA. The Red Storm ultimately hired another one of Lavin’s former players, Darrick Martin.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_