Bryant University announces three additions to coaching staff

Bryant University men’s basketball head coach Jared Grasso has announced the addition of Chris Duhon, Doug Niblock and Justin Kennedy to his coaching staff for the 2021-22 season.

Duhon will serve as the Director of Scouting and Video Analysis, Niblock will serve as the Director of Basketball Innovation Analytics and Kennedy will serve as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

Duhon was a four-year standout at Duke University before spending nine years in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. He was named the 2001 ACC Freshman Player of the Year on his way to helping the Blue Devils win a National Championship. Duhon played in 606 regular-season NBA games, averaging 6.5 ppg and 4.5 apg.

Following his playing career, Duhon has made coaching stops at Marshall University and Illinois State University. He worked at Marshall from 2014-17 and handled player development and was the offensive coordinator. At Illinois State, Duhon worked with the guards and also handled offensive coordinator duties.

“Chris’ basketball pedigree speaks for itself,” Grasso said. “His experience at the professional and collegiate level will be a great asset to our student-athletes. Chris’ loyalty and work ethic will make him a perfect addition to the Bulldog family.”

Niblock will join the Bryant coaching staff after completing a successful playing career at St. Joseph’s College in New York. He was a two-year starting point guard and finished third in the league in A/TO ration and fifth in minutes played. Niblock has earned coaching experience the last three years, working with the Boys2Men 17 AAU and Lightning East AAU programs. He served as a head coach in both programs and was a co-director for the Lightning East.

“Doug is an up-and-comer with a very bright future in coaching,” Grasso said. “Doug’s energy and passion is contagious. His feel for the game and ability to break the game down analytically will be a great asset to our program.”

Kennedy is a familiar face within the Bryant basketball program, having spent the past four years as a manager while an undergrad at Bryant. He graduated in May with a double concentration in applied analytics and finance. Kennedy also received the chance to suit up for the Black and Gold in the Northeast Conference semifinals.

“Justin’s work ethic the past three years as a student manager has prepared him for this next step,” Grasso said. “His commitment and loyalty to Bulldog basketball is unmatched.”

Bryant is scheduled to open the 21-22 season on Tuesday, November 9.