UTSA hires basketball head coach

    Brooks Thompson, most recently an assistant coach at Arizona State, will be named the new UTSA men’s basketball head coach today, a source confirmed early Monday afternoon.

    Thompson, a former first round draft pick of the Orlando Magic, played collegiately at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma State.

    UTSA officials confirmed Friday that the list of potential candidates had been trimmed to two, the other prospect being Wichita State Associate Head Coach Tad Boyle.

    Thompson had been an assistant under Rob Evans at Arizona State, but the whole staff was dismissed after the season.

    Thompson said he had yet to hear from UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey regarding her final decision as of early Monday afternoon. He did not return calls to the Paisano later in the day.

    According to the Greeley Tribune, Thompson topped the wish list of the University of Northern Colorado and even interviewed for the UNC position two weeks ago.

    Thompson will take over a program that will be losing several players. Leading scorer senior Andre Owens finished his last season of eligibility this past season, and juniors Kyile Byrd and Chris Thompson will transfer to Louisiana and junior Gabe Bernard will transfer to California.

    Thompson will be formally introduced today at Wolff Stadium when the UTSA baseball team takes on Texas, defending national champions. Thompson will throw the first pitch of the game at 6 p.m.