Apr 2, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats new basketball coach Chris Collins speaks during a press conference at Welsh-Ryan Arena Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Collins adds James to Northwestern staff

Northwestern coach Chris Collins named his high school coach Brian James to his coaching staff as an assistant on Thursday.

James coached Collins at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill. He also spent three seasons with Collins’ father, Doug Collins, as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.

James started his coaching career at the high school level in Illinois complying a 196-79 (.713) varsity record over 18 years.

He began his NBA coaching experience with the Detroit Pistons from 1995-98 before joining the Toronto Raptors for three seasons. He then joined the Washington Wizards (2001-2003) before becoming an advanced scout for the Seattle SuperSonics and later joining the Milwaukee Bucks for three seasons from 2005-06 through 2007-08. The time with the 76ers, Wizards, and Pistons were all spent as a member of Doug Collins’ staff.

Collins still has to fill the vacancy left by former Northwestern assistant coach Tavaras Hardy who left the program to join John Thompson III’s coaching staff at Georgetown University as an assistant.

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