Joel Justus will join Bobby Hurley’s staff at Arizona State.
According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, Justus is leaving Kentucky to take the top assistant coaching position at ASU.
Kentucky assistant Joel Justus has elected to take the top assistant post under Bobby Hurley at Arizona State, a source told ESPN. Justus was the lead recruiter of many of the top prospects to go through Kentucky since 2016 https://t.co/pPNdabevuM
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 22, 2021
KSR can confirm ESPN’s report.
Justus, who just completed his fifth season as an assistant coach and his seventh total with the program, joined the staff during the 2014-15 season as the team’s director of analytics. In that role, Justus analyzed player and team performance, utilizing various stats and data to help develop efficient strategies through video. He developed tools that streamlined the decision-making process of the coaching staff using advanced statistical modeling and analysis. He also analyzed large data sets to aid the coaching staff’s scouting reports as well as postgame analysis. He assisted in day-to-day operations of the program, which included coordinating with NBA personnel while assisting in many areas of basketball operations.
He was then elevated to special assistant to the head coach in 2015-16 before taking over as a full-time assistant in 2016-17, a position he has held ever since. In this role, Justus was instrumental in recruiting the likes of Brandon Boston Jr., Skyy Clark, Keldon Johnson, Immanuel Quickley, Bryce Hopkins and Ashton Hagans to Lexington, along with developing the likes of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Maxey and Tyler Herro at the guard positions.
The Athletic and ESPN both tabbed Justus one of the top 40 coaches in college basketball under 40 years old in 2020.
First domino to fall, many more to come.