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Kevin Kruger joins his father Lon’s staff at Oklahoma

Aug 7, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Kruger gestures toward players while playing against San Diego State Aztecs during NCAA basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters
The last time Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger and his son Kevin Kruger were together in the same program, it led to a Sweet 16 appearance. Now the Krugers are hoping to re-capture some of that magic as Kevin will join his father on Oklahoma’s staff as the new graduate assistant, according to Kevin’s Twitter account.

As you may recall, Kevin Kruger joined the UNLV basketball program as a redshirt senior during the 2006-07 season when Lon was coaching the Running Rebels and helped lead the program to its first Sweet 16 appearance since the 1990-91 team lost in the Final Four.

Oklahoma made the round of 64 last season — the first time in four seasons — and lost to San Diego State, but maybe the Krugers have some more deep tournament runs in them.

Thirty-year old Kevin Kruger joins the Sooner staff after spending time playing basketball professionally, including time in the NBA D-League and leagues in Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy and Mexico.

Kevin spent the first three seasons of his collegiate career at Arizona State as the 6’2″ guard averaged 11.3 points per game during his four-year college career.
  1. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I wish Kruger had stayed at UNLV.The fans here will realize soon enough getting top recruits is nice but if you don’t have the coaching it’s all for nothing.

    • Tarkus - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Giving up on Rice two years into his career? Since that Sweet 16 appearance, Kruger’s teams were stuck in mediocrity. At least Rice has brought excitement back to the program. The tournament wins will come.

      • MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Seems like the players tuned Rice out at the end of last season.I await to see what he does with all his recruits.

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