Collins adds James to N'western staff

Northwestern coach Chris Collins named his former high school coach Brian James to his coaching staff as an assistant on Thursday.

James coached Collins at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill. James spent the last three seasons as an assistant to Collins' father, Doug Collins, with the Philadelphia 76ers.

"We're very excited to add Brian James to our staff," Collins said in a statement. "He has been a big part of my family going back to my high school days when he was my coach. Brian has been a great mentor for me. A lot of the things that I have carried with me throughout my playing and coaching career are things that I've learned from him. I look forward to having him on staff to lend his expertise. His experience coaching great players in the NBA for so many years will be a huge asset to our program as we move forward."

James has 14 years of NBA coaching experience. He was also an assistant on the Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons. He was also as an NBA analyst for ESPN.com and spent two years as an advance scout for the Seattle Supersonics.

"This is somewhat full circle for me personally," James said in a statement. "Chris Collins and I have been extremely close since he starred for me at Glenbrook North at the age of 14. Now 25 years later, I get to coach with one of the most competitive big-game participants I've ever been associated with, regardless of the level. I'm elated that Chris would ask me to rejoin him as our staff strives to make Northwestern basketball a household name."

Collins still has one assistant opening to fill because Tavaras Hardy recently left the program to become an assistant coach at Georgetown. Collins previously hired Patrick Baldwin to his staff.