We have a Walter McCarty sighting.
The former Kentucky Wildcats star forward is reportedly interviewing for the head coaching vacancy at Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday. This according to a tweet from SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria:
Walter McCarty is on campus interviewing today at FDU
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 2, 2013
After a four year career at Kentucky, McCarty was selected with the 19th overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft. McCarty spent most of his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, but overall the 6-foot-10 forward played for four teams from 1996 to 2006.
McCarty then got into coaching in 2007, joining Rick Pitino‘s staff at Louisville. McCarty had played for Pitino at Kentucky before the two reunited with the Celtics, ironically.
McCarty has also had a short coaching stint with the Indiana Pacers.
He’s a known name with NBA ties, so he should be a viable candidate for the Knights who fired Greg Vetrone in early March. The Knights are fresh off a 7-24 season in which they managed to win only two games within the Northeast Conference. Fairleigh Dickinson needs to make a splash with their next hire and McCarty should certainly be considered an option at this point.
With that being said however, McCarty has no prior head coaching experience, but considering how the interview goes, it could be an intriguing option.
Fairleigh Dickinson fired Vetrone back on Mar. 5, so clearly there has been no rush in this coaching search. McCarty’s name has been linked to the vacancy, but we will see if anything develops from that.
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