Austin Rivers is expected to make an immediate impact in his freshman year at Duke. Larry Drew II quit North Carolina this season and transferred to UCLA. Their names carry weight not only because they play for high-major schools, but also because their fathers are current NBA head coaches.
Tyrell Corbin, the son of Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, has chosen to play for UC Davis, and it was announced today that he has signed with the Big West school. There are a couple of good reasons why Utah's Mr. Basketball decided on joining a program that finished last in the league and has a new coach.
That new coach is Jim Les, a former teammate of the elder Corbin's with the Atlanta Hawks. Les landed at UC Davis last month after being fired at Bradley, and he has a great recruiting pitch he can use when it comes to showing he believes in the Aggies program.
After all, Les' son, Tyler, is a freshman guard at UC Davis. Les was OK with sending his own child to California's Central Valley before he got there himself, and he can now tell that to the parents of recruits even if it's a dad who's an NBA coach.
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Would it be OK if Dad applied to be his coach?
"I was extremely excited," Tyler Les said Friday. "It was one of my dreams to play for my dad. I've seen the success he had in the system at Bradley. I really wanted to be a part of that.
"I think he can push us to the next level."
The 6-foot Corbin is a significant recruit for UC Davis who should help Les get the program off the ground. Corbin had also reportedly been receiving interest from schools such as Louisville and Utah.
"In Ty we add a proven winner and floor general to our basketball program," Les said in a statement. "He combines work ethic, talent and impeccable character to embody the type of all-around student-athlete we need at UC Davis to be successful."