In big high school basketball coaching news, an expected state title contender in New Jersey next year will be looking for new leadership with Rick Brunson stepping down at Camden (N.J.)
after a three-year run that saw the Panthers go 73-4 with three consecutive MaxPreps Top 25 finishes. The news was reported by multiple media outlets, including the New York Post
In Brunson's first year, Camden finished the season ranked No. 16 in the nation after advancing to the NJSIAA Group 2 semifinals with a record of 29-1 before COVID-19 halted the season.
Although his second season was shortened to 13 games against in-state opponents, Camden finished the season ranked No. 9 in MaxPreps Top 25 rankings after going unbeaten.
Last year, the Panthers finished the 31-2 after advancing to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title game and once again were ranked No. 9 nationally.
The Post reports that Brunson, the father of Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, will be taking a position as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Tom Thibodeau.
Rick Brunson played for the New York Knicks in 1999-2000 and is expected to return to the franchise as an assistant coach.
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