Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/26/14
Their basketball resumes could not be more different, but Mike O’Koren and Greg “Shoes” Vetrone are about to have something in common — spots on the Rutgers men’s basketball coaching staff. Scarlet Knights skipper Eddie Jordan will tap the pair to fill out his assistant coach vacancies, Gannett New Jersey has learned. Sources close to the program confirmed the new additions, which are expected to be announced before the summer recruiting period starts July 9. O’Koren, who starred at Hudson Catholic and became an All-America forward at North Carolina before playing nine seasons in the NBA, is a longtime associate of Jordan’s from the NBA ranks. He coached alongside Jordan with the Nets, Wizards and 76ers over a 10-year period. With the Sixers he was associate head coach under Jordan during the 2009-10 season. Vetrone has college head coaching experience but struggled at Fairleigh Dickinson’s helm from 2009-13, posting a 26-95 mark over four seasons. As an assistant prior to FDU, the New York native was known as a strong recruiter, although his tenure at UNLV was marred by secondary violations surrounding the recruitment of Lamar Odom. O’Koren and Vetrone will join holdover Van Macon to round out Jordan’s three-person assistant staff. They replace David Cox, who was fired in March and has since been hired by Dan Hurley at Rhode Island, and Kyle Triggs, whose contract was not renewed.
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