Ace Assistants

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Bland-SDSU.jpgWhile USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield is new to the West Coast, he is filling up his bench with assistants that have strong Southern California roots and recruiting ties. Today, Enfield officially announced the addition of Tony Bland and Jason Hart as assistant coaches.

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"We are extremely excited to welcome Tony and Jason to the USC coaching staff," said Enfield. "Both men grew up in Los Angeles and have been successful players, mentors and coaches. Tony and Jason will be a big part of our future successes as we build the Trojan program."

Bland (pictured right) comes to USC from Steve Fisher's staff at San Diego State, where he helped his alma mater make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  He is a Los Angeles native who prepped at city power Westchester High School.

Before transferring to SDSU, Bland teamed up with Hart at Syracuse.  Hart was a star point guard for the Orange becoming the program's all-time leader in steals and second all-time in assists upon entering the NBA in 2000.

Hart (pictured below) enjoyed a nine-year pro career with stops on nine different teams and some time in Greece.  He comes to Troy after serving as an assistant at Pepperdine for a year, and before that as the head coach of Taft High School in Woodland Hills.


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