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Wichita State hires ex-UCF coach Donnie Jones as assistant

Men's College Basketball, UCF Knights, Wichita State Shockers

WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State has hired former Marshall and Central Florida coach Donnie Jones as an assistant for coach Gregg Marshall, filling the spot that opened when Chris Jans took the head job at New Mexico State.

Marshall announced the hiring in a statement on Wednesday.

Jones spent last season working as a college scout for the LA Clippers. He spent the previous nine years as a head coach, first for the Thundering Herd from 2007-10, then for the Knights from 2010-16.

Marshall said he has known Jones for more than 20 years and that they had talked about working with each other for a while. Jones' expertise in recruiting will be helpful as the Shockers make the move to the American Athletic Conference beginning next season.

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