West Virginia hires DeMarr Johnson as assistant coach

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has hired DerMarr Johnson as an assistant coach.

Huggins announced Johnson’s hiring Monday. It comes after associate coach Larry Harrison was fired last week. Johnson most recently was director of player development at Cincinnati.

Johnson played under Huggins at Cincinnati in the 1999-2000 season and spent seven seasons playing in the NBA. He played professionally overseas until 2016 before returning to Cincinnati to complete his undergraduate degree.

“Obviously, DerMarr is a guy who I know very well,” Huggins said. “He’s extremely well-liked by former players, coaches and fans alike.”

Johnson will begin his duties after the university completes its procedures for new hires.

West Virginia (10-7, 0-5 Big 12) hosts No. 14 TCU on Wednesday night.

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