SAN ANTONIO (June 28, 2013) – The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have hired Jim Boylen as an assistant coach. Boylen, who brings over 27 years of coaching experience to the bench, spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Indiana Pacers.
Prior to the Pacers, the Michigan native served as head coach for the University of Utah from 2007-11 and compiled a 69-60 overall record. In his second season, Boylen led the Utes to the Mountain West regular season and postseason conference championships. That earned Utah a fifth seed in the NCAA tournament, the highest ever for the conference at that time.
Prior to his stint with Utah, Boylen served as an assistant for the Michigan State Spartans on two separate occasions from 2005-07 and 1987-92. He also served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks (2004-05), Golden State Warriors (2003-04) and the Houston Rockets (1992-03). As a member of the Rockets coaching staff the organization claimed a pair of NBA Championships in 1994 and 1995.
Jim and his wife, Christine, have two daughters, Ashlen Clare and Layla Blue.
SAN ANTONIO (June 27, 2013) - The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have selected Livio Jean-Charles with the 28th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Watch video of Livio Jean-Charles here.
Watch R.C. Buford discuss the draft here.
Jean-Charles, a 19-year-old Frenchman, spent last season playing for Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne of the French Pro-A League. In 29 games, the 6-9 forward averaged 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes. In April 2013, he participated in the Nike Hoop Summit where he was named the Most Outstanding Player after a 27-point, 13-rebound effort. In the summer of 2012 he averaged 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds for France in the European U20 Championships.
Thomas, an early entry candidate, spent three seasons at Ohio State University. As a junior he was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American and was a First Team All-Big 10 selection while leading the conference in scoring. In 37 games the 6-7 forward averaged 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 35.4 minutes. In four NCAA Tournament games he averaged 22.3 points and was selected to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.
For his career with the Buckeyes, Thomas appeared in 113 games, averaging 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 27.0 minutes. He finished ranked ninth on OSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,630 points and eighth in three-pointers made with 143. Thomas played in three NCAA Sweet 16s, a pair of Elite Eights and one Final Four with Ohio State.
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