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Keatts nearing hire of James Johnson as first assistant

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Keatts nearing hire of James Johnson as first assistant

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. is an independently run content site that exclusively covers NC State basketball and football. Started in late 2007 by two former students with the goal of integrating the latest in web content delivery into a Wolfpack sports site, free of charge to the user.

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