Keatts nearing hire of James Johnson as first assistant

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Head coach James Johnson of the Virginia Tech Hokies watches on against the Miami Hurricanes during the first round of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

According to Joe Giglio at the N&O, NC State’s new head basketball coach Kevin Keatts is about to start filling out his staff.

First up seems to be James Johnson, the former Virginia Tech head coach. Johnson and Keatts were teammates at Ferrum College in Virginia. They both had stints at Hargrave (Johnson’s was only 1 year) before moving into the college ranks. Johnson has been an assistant at ODU, College of Charleston, Penn State, George Mason (during their Final Four run), Virginia Tech, Clemson and now Miami.

After the Clemson gig, Johnson went back to V-Tech and moved into the head coaching role. That, however, didn’t go over so well. Johnson was 22-41 prior to his release.

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