Memphis hires Jack Murphy as assistant coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Tigers have hired Jack Murphy as an assistant basketball coach, completing the new coaching staff under head coach Josh Pastner.

The team announced Wednesday that Murphy, an advance scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets for the past three years, will start in Memphis later this week.

Pastner, who was hired this year to replace John Calipari, said he worked with Murphy while they were both at the University of Arizona and that familiarity will help the program.

Pastner said the Nuggets' players talk highly of the intense workouts he puts them through and how well those workouts prepare them for games.

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