July 16, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry has completed his coaching staff for the 2012-13 season with the addition of former Texas standout Kenton Paulino as one of the Bulldogs' assistant coaches and the promotion of Michael Schwartz to top assistant coach and Byron Jones to the No. 2 assistant coach position.
"Having a coaching staff with great experience, in depth knowledge of the game, and passion to teach is something I am very excited about," Terry said. "Every coach in our program has coached at multiple levels during their careers, as well as had the opportunity to coach and advance in the NCAA tournament."
Paulino helped fuel the Longhorns to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his four seasons as a player, including a trip to the 2003 Final Four and the 2006 Elite Eight.
"I am very excited about the addition of Kenton Paulino to our coaching staff and program," Terry said. "I have had the opportunity to watch Kenton go from an outstanding player at the University of Texas, to now one of the bright, young coaches in this profession. He coaches the game with same high basketball IQ and unconditional will to win that he had as both a collegiate and professional player. Kenton's understanding and feel for the game, to go along with postseason experience, will make a very positive impact on our players and program."
Paulino was a tri-captain as a senior, leading the Horns to a school-record 30-7 finish, the Big 12 Conference regular season title and the Elite Eight. A member of the Big 12 Conference's All-Underrated Team as voted upon by the league's media, Paulino buried a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Longhorns a 74-71 victory over No. 22 West Virginia in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Following his senior campaign, Paulino spent two years playing professionally, one in Turkey and a second with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
He then worked on Rick Barnes' staff at Texas with Terry as a special assistant for three seasons from 2008-11 before spending the 2011-12 season at Lamar University under head coach Pat Knight.
Last season, Schwartz and Jones were previously the No. 2 and 3 assistant coaches, respectively.
Schwartz and Jones were both instrumental in helping Terry build the foundation of the Bulldogs' program and recruit one of the West's top recruiting classes to prepare Fresno State to compete this season in the Mountain West.
"I am really looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm that our staff will bring day in and day out to help our players, University and community get genuinely excited about our basketball program," Terry said. "The intensity and commitment of my staff will benefit in coaching our current players as well as recruiting prospective student-athletes in the future."
With three returning starters, including rising junior guards Kevin Olekaibe (17.8 ppg) and Tyler Johnson (9.3 ppg/4.6 rpg), and junior forward Jerry Brown (8.8 ppg/5.5 rpg), Fresno State returns five letterwinners and features the addition of at least seven newcomers.
The Bulldogs' incoming class is one of the program's top collections of talent in a single class that adds immediate depth to Terry's roster. All of the newcomers have a chance to compete for immediate playing time.
The class is comprised of junior guard Allen Huddleston (who sat out last season as a Division I transfer), sophomore forward Braeden Anderson and currently five freshmen - Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris, Broderick Newbill and Robert Upshaw.
For fans looking to support Fresno State student-athlete scholarships and secure 2012-13 men's basketball season tickets, packages are available for as low as $149 through The Bulldog Foundation ($99 for Level 7 season tickets and a minimum donation of $50) by calling 559-278-7160.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" - The flagship radio station of the Fresno State men's basketball team is KMJ 580 AM and the Spanish Flagship is KGST-AM ESPN Deportes. Be sure to follow @RodneyTerry on Twitter for updates throughout the year about the team, recruiting trail and upcoming season.
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