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Gopher Basketball Adds New Dir. of Basketball Operations

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Richard Pitino has added Nate Pomeday as the team's new Director of Basketball Operations.

"We are extremely excited about the addition of Nate Pomeday to our staff," Pitino said. "He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us continue to grow as a basketball program."

Pomeday comes to the Twin Cities following a six-year stint with the Beavers. He helped lead OSU to three postseason tournament berths, five nationally-ranked recruiting classes and several marquee victories.

At Oregon State, Pomeday assisted in all aspects of the program, including national and international recruiting, scouting reports, game plans, practices and working with community and booster clubs. He worked primarily with the guards at practice and helped Jared Cunningham become the first Oregon State player drafted in the NBA in 14 years when he was the 24th overall selection in the 2012 draft.

It appears that Pitino has added a young coach who has very good experience recruiting and ties to the Chicago area.  This Sun Times article is a few years old but mentions Pomeday as a national assistant who has some hooks in the Chicago area.  A few more years of relationship building and more experience should only help as he now moves back to the Midwest.

Last season the Dir of Basketball Operations role was held down by Josh Adel.  The University's press release says that Adel will remain as an assistant to the head coach.