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Boston College Basketball: Maryland Assistant Scott Spinelli Making A Move?

New Boston College men's basketball coach Jim Christian is eyeing bringing on a Terps assistant.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College men's basketball coach Jim Christian won't be formally introduced to fans until tomorrow's 3 p.m. press conference, but the Eagles' new coach is already making moves to fill out his coaching staff. The first coaching hire may very well come from a soon-to-be former conference rival.

Spinelli has a reputation as an excellent recruiter and a game tactician in a career that has spanned 23 years. Over the last eight years, he has served as Maryland coach Mark Turgeon's right-hand man with stops at Wichita State, Texas A&M and now Maryland.

More on Spinelli's recruiting rep from

"Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connections across the country," said Turgeon. "He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind."


Spinelli has also had great success recruiting and developing players that have gone on to play in the NBA. Five of Spinelli's former players are currently playing in the NBA: Gal Mekel (Dallas Mavericks), Donald Sloan (Indiana Pacers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Alex Len (Phoenix Suns). In addition, Spinelli coached and recruited a pair of outstanding players while at Nebraska: Aleks Maric, an All-Big 12 selection at center, and Ryan Anderson, a 1,000-point career scorer with the Cornhuskers.

A Leominster, Mass. native, Spinelli played college ball at Boston University (under Mike Jarvis). A move to Christian's staff at BC would allow him to move closer to home and potentially receive a raise. The guys over at Testudo Times approve:

Sounds like just the pickup Boston College needs to revamp a coaching staff that has struggled to stock the roster with ACC talent the past few seasons.