Otis Hughley, who led Mobile’s LeFlore High to six state tournaments and one state title before moving over to Blount in April, has been hired as an assistant coach by the Sacramento Kings.
“It was really hard leaving Blount,” Hughley said. “I was real excited about the new experience at Blount. But it’s hard to pass up an opportunity like that.”
Sacramento’s first-round draft pick this year, Kentucky post man DeMarcus Cousins, played for Hughley for two years at LeFlore.
“A lot of folks think this is a following DeMarcus thing,” Hughley said. “They can say whatever they want. That’s not a bad thing to do, because I love him. But I don’t think folks are giving out jobs because of that.”
Hughley has contacts in the NBA through his work in the NBA China program and the college ranks. He interviewed for several NBA jobs while coaching at LeFlore.
Prior to coming to Mobile, Hughley had served as a college assistant at Wright State, Liberty and Southern. While coaching at LeFlore, he had also coached in a national USA Basketball tournament and Nike’s Global Games.
“Otis has a wealth of experience working with young players and is ready to jump to the NBA,” Sacramento head coach Paul Westphal said on the club’s web site. “We’re very excited to add h