Frank Haith's first year as head men's basketball coach for the Missouri Tigers was a rousing success as his team won 30 games in the Big 12 and found themselves a No. 2 seed come Tourney time. Even without players like Kim English next year, the Tigers are still expected to rank among the conference's best teams with the work his staff has done bringing in celebrated transfers like Alex Oriakhi among many others. But apparently Haith isn't the only one earning accolades for the job he's doing.
ESPN's Myron Medcalf recently made up a list of the top assistant coaches in college basketball under 40. The typical universities you'd expect are all included here including Duke, Syracuse and Kentucky, and Missouri's Tim Fuller lands on the list at No. 3.
"When opposing coaches say you're on the rise, that means something," writes Medcalf. "Fuller has amassed a solid reputation in coaching circles. After just a season with the Tigers, Frank Haith promoted Fuller to associate head coach. Fuller, who played at Wake Forest from 1997-2000, is just 34. But his stock is rising fast."
Fuller served as an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville before joining Haith at Missouri.