UK Men's Basketball

Manhattan hires UK's Padgett as assistant

Men's basketball assistant coach Scott Padgett is leaving the University of Kentucky to join the coaching staff at Manhattan College, Jaspers head coach Barry Rohrssen announced Friday.

Padgett, a member of UK's 1998 national championship team before an eight-year career in the NBA, spent one season on John Calipari's staff.

"We would like to welcome Scott and his family to the Manhattan College basketball program," Rohrssen said in a news release. "Scott has played for some of the best coaches in our profession: Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan, Rick Pitino, Jeff Van Gundy. We feel his experience will help with the development of our post and front court players."

For Padgett, the move marks a step up the coaching ladder in terms of responsibility.

"I have always wanted to be a head coach in college, so this is a great first step for me to coach basketball in New York City and learn every aspect of running a program from recruiting, to coaching in practice and the day-to-day operations," Padgett said. "I am very excited to start the next chapter of my basketball career."

Shortly after his hiring in April 2009, Calipari brought in Padgett and former UK star Tony Delk to work entry-level jobs for the Cats. Their jobs included "managerial duties" but not on-court coaching.

"I want people to know we're trying to get them started in their careers," Calipari said at the time.

Padgett was a first-round draft pick selected 28th overall by the Utah Jazz in 1999 and spent eight years in the league. He also spent time with the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Padgett, a Louisville native, played at Kentucky from 1995-99, scoring 1,252 points.