Former Cincinnati Bearcats standout guard Nick Van Exel is returning to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Van Exel, 49, was an assistant for the Hawks from 2010 to 2012. He's also been a Milwaukee Bucks assistant, an assistant and head coach of the G-League's Texas Legends and a Memphis Grizzlies assistant.
He's served most recently as a pro personnel scout for the Dallas Mavericks.
Last week, Van Exel tweeted a photo he took with former Bearcats great Kenyon Martin Sr. and current West Virginia Mountaineers and former UC head coach Bob Huggins:
The Enquirer's Keith Jenkins reported in April that Van Exel interviewed for the Bearcats' head coaching vacancy before the school hired Wes Miller.
In 2019, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Van Exel - then an assistant for the Grizzlies - had interest in UC's head coaching vacancy before the school hired John Brannen.
In his two seasons at UC, Van Exel helped lead teams coached by Bob Huggins to a 56-10 record, the Final Four in 1992 and Elite Eight in 1993 before a 13-year NBA career. He was an NBA All-Star in 1998 and finished with 12,658 points and 5,777 assists.
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