Julius Hodge has been named an assistant coach for the San Jose State Spartans, hoopdirt.com reports. The announcement came on Tuesday by Head Coach Jean Prioleau.
Hodge, a Harlem, NY native, stated his excitement in joining the Spartans program in a recent article: "Coach Prioleau is unmatched in his ability to relate, connect and empower young men in their quest to reach their full potential. I am really excited to work with our student-athletes and help them become better young men and achieve a new level of success on the court."
Coach Prioleau issued his own support of adding Hodges to the staff: "We are extremely excited to have Julius in our program," He played three years in the NBA and he’s well connected around the country. He understands the game of basketball and more importantly, he understands the level of commitment needed to move our program forward. He’s a very well-rounded coach."
Hodge spent the last two NCAA seasons as an assistant for Santa Clara University. Prior to his stint on the Broncos bench, Hodge served as director of player development for the University of Buffalo in 2015-16.
A journeyman in his playing career, Hodge was drafted by the Nuggets with the 20th overall pick in 2005 after starring at North Carolina State University. The former St. Raymond High School (NY) standout went onto play with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks before competing overseas.
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