UK Men's Basketball

Former Kentucky basketball player Mark Pope named BYU assistant

PROVO, Utah — BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has completed his staff with the hiring of former University of Kentucky player Mark Pope as an assistant.

The school made the announcement Wednesday.

Pope comes to BYU after serving as an assistant for one season at Wake Forest under Jeff Bzdelik. He fills the spot vacated when Dave Rice left to become head coach at UNLV.

Pope was a 6-foot-10 power forward who helped Kentucky win the 1996 NCAA championship. He also had a nine-year pro career that included seven seasons in the NBA and two in Turkey.

The Cougars will compete next season in the West Coast Conference.