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Larry Brown Hires UH Assistant Coach Ulric Maligi

For all his fame and career accomplishments, Larry Brown is still a 72-year old coach who hasn't been involved in college basketball in over a generation, which is why his coaching staff will be crucial in terms of his ability to recruit.

He scored a major coup on Thursday, when SMU announced the hiring of University of Houston assistant coach Ulric Maligi, who has long-time ties to the Dallas basketball community:

Maligi, who is from Arlington, was the head coach of the Dallas Mustangs AAU program from 2003-2006. The Mustangs have long been one of the elite amateur basketball programs in the area, and Maligi coached several future NBA players there, including Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Sean Williams and Donald Sloan.

He was an assistant coach for UT-Arlington, Stephen F. Austin and Houston for the last seven years, and he should be an invaluable asset for Brown in terms of recruiting Texas players.

For all the latest news and notes surrounding Larry Brown coming to the Hilltop, stay tuned to SB Nation Dallas' exclusive storystream.

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