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Earl Boykins was named the new varsity boys basketball coach at Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.) over the weekend and will meet with players and parents for the first time Tuesday night.

Stepping in to a new situation is nothing new for Boykins, who spent 13 seasons in the NBA and played for 10 teams — the Bobcats, Bucks, Cavaliers, Clippers, Magic, Nets, Nuggets, Rockets, Warriors and Wizards. He also spent a year in Italy.

The Cleveland native is inheriting a Douglas County program that went 3-20 in 2013-14 and lost its last 13 games. Turning the Huskies into a winner doesn't seem all that daunting for Boykins, who overcame the odds to carve out a career at the highest level of professional basketball despite standing just 5-foot-5 and weighing 135 pounds.

"I'm comfortable with the challenge," Boykins told MaxPreps on Tuesday morning.

A graduate of Cleveland Central Catholic and Eastern Michigan University (his number has been retired at both), Boykins doesn't have any previous high school coaching experience.

"I've been coaching seventh- and eighth-graders," Boykins said. "But because I played the point guard position in a lot of ways I feel like I've been coaching basketball since I was 10 years old."

He also operates the Boykins Basketball Academy, which offers specialized training and sponsors youth teams.

Semi-retired, Boykins has no plans to serve as a figurehead leader at Douglas County. The Huskies will get his full attention and his roots are firmly planted.

The floor general has been in the Denver area since his run with the Nuggets from 2003-07.

"The weather is great here and the people really make it special," Boykins said.