USF hoops got it right with hiring Orlando Antigua

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua is the perfect fit for USF
Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua is the perfect fit for USF

The good news is that University of Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua has  accepted the job as the ninth head coach in USF men’s basketball history. A solid choice and perhaps the best man for the job all along. However, Antigua is still helping the University of Kentucky win a National Title as they face Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas this weekend at the Final Four.

This is not a bad thing because possible USF recruits will see Antigua in action, in helping his boss Kentucky head John Calipari advance in the Final Four.

USF is not Kentucky however there is no reason that it can’t be as good as either Memphis or SMU in the AAC.  Bulls hoops fans rejoice because the university might have got this choice right, despite the two attempts that ended in  candidate faking his resume and another using USF to get a better deal with his present team.

The university has set a Tuesday press conference at the Sundome to announce his hiring and the members of Bulls Nation can wait a few more days to meet their new head basketball coach. Besides being considered one of the top young coaches in the country he is an outstanding recruiter. How good a recruiter is he?

He has been instrumental in assembling five-straight No. 1 ranked recruiting classes at Kentucky. The 2014 class currently stands at No. 2. Kentucky’s 2013-14 team became the first to reach a Final Four with an all-freshmen starting lineup since Michigan in 1992.

But this might be the most impressive stat that Bulls fans can get behind – Antigua has worked as an assistant coach under John Calipari for the last six seasons, spending one season with Calipari at Memphis (2008-09) and the last five at Kentucky (2009-14). He also worked for five seasons under Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon (2003-08) and has been a part of teams that have made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet Sixteen seven times.