Auburn brings in Person as assistant coach
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn All-American and NBA player Chuck Person is returning to the school as an assistant coach.
New coach Bruce Pearl announced the hiring Monday of the Tigers’ leading career scorer.
“This is a pretty special day for Auburn basketball and the Auburn family,” Pearl said. “I’m honored to have a person of Chuck’s caliber join me in this challenge to coach this team. As he said, he’s coming home.
“He’s got experience beyond his years. He’s got a resume that would support him being a head coach at the highest level in this game.”
The 6-foot-8 Person was a two-time All-America from 1983-86, finishing with a school-record 2,311 points. Nicknamed the Rifleman, he led Auburn to the Elite Eight in the 1986 NCAA tournament and spent 14 years in the NBA after getting drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the fourth overall pick.
Person, 49, was an assistant coach with five NBA teams from 2000-13 and had been coaching in South Korea.
Person hasn’t graduated but said he has worked out a plan with Auburn’s academic staff and will finish his degree “very quickly.” He said the lack of a degree came up in his previous interview with Auburn.